Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Huuklyeand Cinquor on Writer's Block

Though you think
It makes no difference

When not writing, do not
I repeat do not

Take no for an answer.

Moderator’s comments: One more illustrative affirmation of Cinquor’s masterly command of Negative Capability or just another example of a jejune tendency to overstate the obvious?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Early Morning Birdbath

this inviting shallow

bottom of an up-
side down galvanized

bucket in which
last night’s shower’s left

a shining silver lake.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jumping to Conclusions

No ideas but in things?

Clearly something suspect
Going on

In circles round
The left rim

Of my horn-rimmed
Glasses, Doc.


You say nothing
But two winged red bugs

Copulating, making a spectacle
Of themselves?

What a relief.

For a moment I thought
I was seeing things.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Recently received: My contributor’s copy of Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams, edited by Sheila Coghill & Thom Tammaro, with a foreward by Paul Mariani, University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 228 pages, $24.95.

Trivia time: Out of the one hundred and two poems by the one hundred and two poets included in the anthology, Cid Corman and I share the distinction of having the shortest poem—7 lines each—though if one were to count words, yours truly would come in first with an impressive 27 as opposed to Cid’s 31.

For those of you who may have missed it on account of its diminutiveness, a slightly different version of the poem first appeared on this blog here.

And here's the poem as it appears in the anthology:

"Bookmark, Selected Poems, William Carlos Williams"

From dry fragile still
fragrant yellow-

green stalks & leaves placed
between the descent

of winter & the locust tree
in flower stems

the scent of spring.

My thanks to the editors for including my little poem in such a large gathering of poets honoring the good doctor's life and work. 

UPDATE (May 21): This series of books paying homage to American poets also includes volumes on Whitman, Dickenson, Frost and Stevens, the latter co-edited by the new Poet Laureate of West Hartford, Connecticut, James Finnegan aka  J for James.

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