Let us read the papers, my dear,
and discuss the news,
let us be subdued,
and suddenly lewd.
it is not because I am an aspen.
If I should speak of dream,
or eternal weather,
it is not for lack of flesh
The long-standing juniper bush
got the axe from us this year.
In a field of wheat,
on a dragon's tongue,
at the bottom of
a bottle of rum
at the axiom
of a metaphor
and a bad pun,
we have sighted the claw of the infant spring,
and heard the bighorn's hoof ring.
Like children we have peered into
the crib of the west, the canyon's rib,
and the empty nest. Like children we
have wondered who induced all this,
and what comes next.
a neighbor in his garden
In general how important do you think place is to poetry?
Well, if words really are the daughters of earth, it would be very important. Aspiring poets seem to know they ought to read widely and deeply, but often forget to observe the very world around them. Observation is at the heart of all good metaphor, and metaphor at the heart of all good poetry. Shallow observation announces itself pretty loudly. We can't expect a poet to fly without some grounding.
I used to sufferbouts of knowingthe ordinarywas always growing…
You've seen it all,the crawling of the great lake,the Isis age, the blue divide,the rising of the great wall,the dull herd, the changing guard, the collaring, the canyoning,…
Wendy Videlock's work has appeared widely. Her books of poems, Nevertheless and The Dark Gnu and Other Poems are available from Able Muse Press.
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