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48th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 48th Virtual Poetry Circle.

I’m sure you have been bombarded with Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention posts all week.  I hope that you’ve visited the Virtual Poetry Circle while I was away, though I’ll be playing catch-up this weekend.

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.

Today, we are visiting a contemporary poet Tony Hoagland:

I Have News For You
There are people who do not see a broken playground swing
as a symbol of ruined childhood

and there are people who don’t interpret the behavior
of a fly in a motel room as a mocking representation of their thought process.

There are people who don’t walk past an empty swimming pool
and think about past pleasures unrecoverable

and then stand there blocking the sidewalk for other pedestrians.
I have read about a town somewhere in California where human beings

do not send their sinuous feeder roots
deep into the potting soil of others’ emotional lives

as if they were greedy six-year-olds
sucking the last half-inch of milkshake up through a noisy straw;

and other persons in the Midwest who can kiss without
debating the imperialist baggage of heterosexuality.

Do you see that creamy, lemon-yellow moon?
There are some people, unlike me and you,
who do not yearn after fame or love or quantities of money as
unattainable as that moon;
thus, they do not later
have to waste more time
defaming the object of their former ardor.
Or consequently run and crucify themselves
in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.

I have news for you—
there are people who get up in the morning and cross a room

and open a window to let the sweet breeze in
and let it touch them all over their faces and bodies.

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.

  • The most compelling stanza in this poem for me is this one:

    Do you see that creamy, lemon-yellow moon?
    There are some people, unlike me and you,
    who do not yearn after fame or love or quantities of money as
    unattainable as that moon;
    thus, they do not later
    have to waste more time
    defaming the object of their former ardor.
    Or consequently run and crucify themselves
    in some solitary midnight Starbucks Golgotha.

    It’s almost as if he’s dreaming up this ideal society in which these materialistic things don’t matter. Where is this place? How do we get there?

  • I love this poem! I posted it a while back, too!
    http://necromancyneverpays.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-have-news-for-you.html
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  • Interesting commentary on society today. Where he says “unlike me and you,” it makes me wonder who’s left?
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