38th Virtual Poetry Circle

Today is the 38th Virtual Poetry Circle and we’re going to jump back into contemporary poetry.

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 Sarah Gridley’s book Green is the Orator, which I picked up at this year’s Split This Rock Poetry Festival (click for my recap of the event):

Sonnet on Fire

Is it the space,

if let inside of, you would remember having lived in
for a particular time?  That thump

was a bird meeting vertical glass.  Something in here
collides with elision.  Your eye apprehends what had never

had walls.  Mind curls                      (night falls)

and afterward, forgets the problem.  Much of the blueprint

is rooted to death.  Much of the glass

has attributed feeling.  In the faltless iris
of a random swamp
some of the cabin

          could disappear.  Especially in sundown all its surface
is stunning.  Except when it rains,

or grasses move, the walls make no                appreciable sound.

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. http://Serena says

    I really like the lines about the walls not making an appreciable sound. The thumping of the bird on glass is such a subtle sound…and yet it would be jarring in silence.

  2. http://Jeanne says

    I like the thump of the bird on glass too (a sound I hear all too often on my big picture window). I also like the last line, because it makes me think of applause–you know, appreciation and sound.

  3. http://Book%20Dilettante says

    I'm impressed by all your challenges for 2010! Good luck! Wish I had time to do more.

    Harvee Book Dilettante

  4. http://Anna says

    I like the lines about the thump of the bird on glass. I've always wondered about the visual structure of poems, what the poet is trying to accomplish. Not sure here.

    Diary of an Eccentric