Monday, April 29, 2013
One Chance to Celebrate National Poetry Month
Kelly sent me a couple of poems by email during the month.... trying to grease the skids and get me thinking about National Poetry month. Alas, it did no good.
But just today I read the last of them and thought about taking the time to celebrate an art form that has always touched my heart. Sat for a little while and thought about poets who have reached back in time... to those they learned from, to those poets who have touched their hearts. Poets do get mawkish about other poets.
And so I remembered a contemporary poem that I loved, because the poetess fell in love with poetry when she read Neruda. As did I. So I went looking, to take the opportunity to have one last celebration of the month I ignored....one print of a poem I love. In, it, she personifies Neruda, as though he were here with her. Great visualization! And here it is:
by Kelli Russell Agodon
On a day when weather stole every breeze,
Pablo told her he kept bits of his poems
tucked behind the band in his hat.
He opened the windows to nothing
but more heat, asked her to wander with him
down to the beach, see if their bodies
could become waves.
When they returned he placed his hat,
open to sky, in the center of the table.
She filled it with papaya, figs, searched
for scraps of poems beneath the lining.
By evening, the hat was empty
and his typewriter, full
with pages that began something about ocean,
something about fruit.
And they didn't notice the sky, full of tomorrow's
stars or the blue and white swallow
carrying paper in its beak.
They sat outside until the edge of daylight
stretched itself across a new band of morning,
the shadow of a hat washing onto the shore.