54th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 54th Virtual Poetry Circle.

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 return to contemporary poets with Martha Collins from her latest book, Blue Front.


not as in pin, the kind that keeps the wheels
turning, and not the strip of land that marks
the border between two fields. unrelated
to link, as in chain, or by extension whatever
connects one part to another, and therefore
not a measure of chain, which in any
case is less than the span of a hand hold-
ing the reins, the rope, the hoe, or taking
something like justice into itself, as when
a captain turned judge and gave it his name.
that was before it lost its balance and crossed
the border, the massed body of undoers
claiming connection, relation, an intimate
right to the prized parts, to the body undone.

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. It’s never too late to join the discussion.

Also, don’t forget the 50th Virtual Poetry Circle giveaway for participants; it ends today!


  1. I like the way the poet is playing with the idea of connection–first, that the people who lynch aren’t connected and then that they’re intimately connected (with the lingering intimation that they aren’t, really). I wish this poet would capitalize the first word of a new sentence, though.
    Jeanne´s last blog post ..Passing Strange

    • Capitalization doesn’t bother me much, but I like that “connection” or lack thereof between the lynchers and those being lynched and one another.

  2. Not sure what to think about this one. I read it several times and every time I tried to read is slowly, really concentrate on it, I’d go about five lines and get lost. I really think the poet was trying to hard to play with the language in this one.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Review- The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

    • I really enjoyed this poem aloud when she read it at Split This Rock. I like that she uses all of the definitions of “lynch” to illustrate what she is not talking about…she is talking about the lynching of minorities in a less direct way.