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Friday, April 17, 2009

Margaret Atwood

Best known for her fiction (The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake), Canadian Margaret Atwood has been writing poetry for 4 decades. She has not published new poetry since 1992... her poetry is frank and disarming. Here's one of my favorites:


More and more frequently the edges

of me dissolve and I become

a wish to assimilate the world, including

you, if possible through the skin

like a cool plant's tricks with oxygen

and live by a harmless green burning.

I would not consume
you or ever

finish, you would still be there

surrounding me, complete

as the air.

Unfortunately I don't have leaves.

Instead I have eyes

and teeth and other non-green

things which rule out osmosis.

So be careful, I mean it,

I give you fair warning:

This kind of hunger draws

everything into its own

space; nor can we

talk it all over, have a calm

rational discussion.

There is no reason for this, only

a starved dog's logic about bones.

~Margaret Atwood


Pam said...

Absolutely love the poem! Yes, I love her poetry as well as her fiction.

Kelly said...

I've read several of her novels, but don't guess I realized she also wrote poetry. This is really good!

Marion said...

I didn't know she wrote poetry. This is a great poem. Thanks for sharing! I'm enjoying "National Poetry Month" to the max!!