64th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 64th Virtual 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.

Let’s check out the contemporary poet David Antin:

6th Separation Meditation

it appears whole
it has been
thought of
as good
not reasoned out
he uses
he is bound
to a state
he has recognized
even if the description is a delusion
it is worth while to speak of logic
it depends on knowledge
to translate it
suggests conflict
which is
in the word
it would seem
the more formal
the meaning seems to be
the more
from the center of your being
that feeling
that nothing
either for me or my friend
the conjecture
this meaning
or material
is applied at the end
as the element
of commanding value
in contrast with joy
which is not of its essence
it is sometimes
something specially concerned
in conduct
the true interest
the interest of true self
is mad
in this state
he is confronted by the rich
if you take a low view of politics
you will degrade yourself
see how things are going in the capital!
the senator
the soul’s moral equipment
is imperfect
the point seems to be
this indignity
the educated man
is untrained
to complete the sense
the managers
the schools
taking cognizance of things
the community
its limitations
its hard circumstances
the insolence of the rich
all acts are appropriate
to the circumstances

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.


  1. This reminds me of Auden’s The Unknown Citizen. I think it’s the abstractness, the bureaucratic tone.
    Jeanne´s last blog post ..Lit Libs

  2. I really liked these lines:

    “he uses
    he is bound
    to a state
    he has recognized
    even if the description is a delusion”

    It seems to me that humans like to categorize things, but unfortunately, living, breathing beings tend to defy categorization sometimes.

  3. “the senator
    the soul’s moral equipment
    is imperfect”

    I think the moral equipment of most lawmakers is imperfect!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Review- Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise

  4. “if you take a low view of politics
    you will degrade yourself”

    I pick those above lines because they depict opposite of what I think. Maybe it is our (India’s) political system, which is in a real mess. Corruption is the order of the day and no one seems to care.

    Thanks for highlighting this poet. I will check out more works by him. His writing style appeals to me.

    BTW, I always read your poetry circle, even though I might not comment. And you can check on that Haibun I wrote! A new form for me.
    gautami tripathy´s last blog post ..Haibun- seedy deeds