The next time you write about a man speaking to an object, consider whether the object should speak back. Particularly if it is an animal. Particularly if it is a red mongoose who has just defeated two King cobras who learned how to dovetail in the dark. Particularly if it is a woman: try… Read More A Poem About Writing Better Poems
In lieu of e.e.cummings’ birthday—October 14, 1894—I have been reading his poems and wanted to create a found poem of some of his work. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Birthday, e.e.cummings. You were one of my first poetic loves. a found poem, a lost poem into the strenuous briefness: look, my… Read More Reading e.e.cummings (a found poem)
—for Charles Once I had a dream we were all wandering through the dark on a pier, and there was a lone carousel, all… Read More Neutral Colors
“And a man newly dead would really know. And a … Read More On the Outside, There is a Heart—And on the Inside, There is an Old Friend’s Funeral.
MY IDEA OF A POEM What is a poem? A beautiful affected lie. An insinuated truth. Only by insinuating it will a truth not appear a lie. A truth as precious and hidden as anything from a mine. One needs to be a miner of poems to see in its Ethiopias of darkness… Read More Miguel Hernández’s “Idea of a Poem”
from John Ashbery’s “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” How many people came and stayed a certain time, Uttered light or dark speech that became part of you Like light behind windblown fog and sand, Filtered and influenced by it, until no part Remains that is surely you. * When I was… Read More A Favorite Snippet of John Ashbery
—a poem influenced by Philip Levine In that moment, my brother was beautiful: it was after visiting hours, nurses unaware of the car parked… Read More The Day My Brother was Immortalized on a Piece of Oversized Canvas