Posts Tagged 'free verse'

Flora, for Liu Dong

The thing to do is never let it 
                                             leave the ground
It grows in.

Flowers gasp to bloom not
Burn, missed, left for good. 

Petals slip, in moans like open mouths
                                                                that moths, flickering wings,
Kiss.

Justin Nicholes

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Lyrics to Genji

Genji, I dreamt the horse again last night. 
But this time I was riding it.
It was so dark, and my eyes stung.
The wind whipped through
the invisible trees.  It takes
a body to know the wind
is there, to know a horse
is under you.  So it was you,
I guess, that pressed against
my flanks, and it was you
who filled my ears with noise.
When I press back,
you have a shape to fill.
Genji, where will you go
when I am in the ground,
unless a tree grows from my mouth?

Adam Penna

Two Poems

Sounding

A run-on sentence of winter
Split the evening days of coal the red
S-Bahn across the palimpsest city
Simply for something

Birds wet with snow with wings
The steel mouth shudders
Dim lamps, damp shivers
Had nothing to do with cold

Periodo di Chiusura

Back
Now
Out over
A quiet street
Shuttered against
August’s dull heavy heat
Trails of smoke
From far fields
Cloud-hidden stars
Not one light
Across
The courtyards
Six years
To write
One
Poem

Rome 1999-2005

Alexander Booth


Contrasting Views

"Literalism is a feature of boorish translators." Cicero "The clumsiest literal translation is a thousand times more useful than the prettiest paraphrase." Nabokov

The Faerie Queene

"John Ashbery said reading the Faerie Queene was like reading an endless beautiful comic strip." Kenneth Koch

Sigmund Freud

"Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me."

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