32nd Virtual Poetry Circle

It’s the 32nd Virtual Poetry Circle, and it’s time to visit with a contemporary poet, but before we do that, I wanted to thank everyone who has participated in this project thus far.  Feel free to spread the word.

Additionally, you should start noticing some small changes here on the blog, including possible article suggestions at the end of my posts (Thanks Bloggiesta for calling this widget to my attention) and some share buttons, which I’m not overly thrilled with, but they’ll do for now.

I would also love to get a new three-column template that meshes better with my header, so if anyone would like to volunteer, please email me.

OK, Here’s a poem up for reactions, interaction, and–dare I say it–analysis:

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

From Say Uncle by Kay Ryan:

Among English Verbs (page 52)

Among English verbs
to die is oddest in its
eagerness to be dead,
immodest in its
haste to be told–
a verb alchemical
in the head:
one speck of its gold
and a whole life’s lead.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.

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  1. J.T. Oldfield says

    I'm late to the party, but wanted to share my thoughts.

    I like just about every individual line in this poem, but I don't like it as a whole. The rhyme scheme rubs me the wrong way and makes it seem trite.

  2. Among English verbs
    to die is most arrogant
    though it thinks itself bold,
    its trace is a trickle
    of the hope and despair
    the signifier's signified
    leaves in its stead.

  3. I never thought of "to die" as eager, but I see her point. LOL

    Diary of an Eccentric

  4. justpeachy36 says

    This is definitely interesting.

    I gave you a shoutout on my blog today.


  5. DCMetroreader says

    I like this too! I've never thought of "to die" that way before.

  6. Jeanne: great observation. It would be cool to write about more of those past/present words.

  7. I love the pun at the end! "Read" is a similar kind of word, you know–you can't tell if it's past or present tense from the spelling…

  8. What's funny is I had no poem planned for this week and just started flipping through Ryan's book and found this one on accident. Love it.

  9. rhapsodyinbooks says

    I really like this one! I love words that sound like or evoke what they mean. This poem says it very well!