[lit-ideas] Re: Poetry x 2 = Sabbatical

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 18:26:26 -0500

>>You would be much better off not to begin paragraphs like your long one with 
>>"you still don't get it."  You thereby set yourself up as someone who does 
>>get it.   There is irony in that because your subsequent sentences indicate a 
>>lack of appreciation for some of the common types of poems.  Suppose a poet 
>>wants to use a little irony.  You must understand what he is saying in order 
>>to "get it."  You can't be humming along with the tune you think you hear.  
>>He intends you to pay attention to the sense of this poem in order to 
>>appreciate the irony. <<

Aaaaarrrrrgggg!  You STILL don't get it!  You don't get my point.  I do get my 
point.  So there.  Let's get specific:

Read this poem -- I'll tell you later who wrote it -- not me.

A Contemporary

What if I came down now out of these
solid dark clouds that build up against the mountain
day after day with no rain in them
and lived as one blade of grass
in a garden in the south when the clouds part in winter
from the beginning I would be older than all the animals
and to the last I would be simpler
frost would design me and dew would disappear on me
sun would shine through me
I would be green with white roots 
feel worms touch my feet as a bounty
have no name and no fear
turn naturally to the light
know how to spend the day and night
climbing out of myself
all my life

Do you like it?  Why / why not?

Mike Geary
hanging around a few more hours
in Memphis

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