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106th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 106th 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.

Also, sign up for the 2011 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry.  Please contribute to the growing list of 2011 Indie Lit Award Poetry Suggestions, visit the stops on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour from April.

Today’s poem is from Amy Lowell:

Spring Day [Bath]

The day is fresh-washed and fair, and there is a smell of tulips and narcissus in the air.

The sunshine pours in at the bath-room window and bores through the water in the bath-tub in lathes and planes of greenish-white. It cleaves the water into flaws like a jewel, and cracks it to bright light.

Little spots of sunshine lie on the surface of the water and dance, dance, and their reflections wobble deliciously over the ceiling; a stir of my finger sets them whirring, reeling. I move a foot and the planes of light in the water jar. I lie back and laugh, and let the green-white water, the sun-flawed beryl water, flow over me. The day is almost too bright to bear, the green water covers me from the too bright day. I will lie here awhile and play with the water and the sun spots. The sky is blue and high. A crow flaps by the window, and there is a whiff of tulips and narcissus in the air.

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.

  • I really enjoyed this poem, especially how the structure looks and feels more like prose. Great choice!

    • Prose-poetry form makes it more familiar to readers of fiction, etc. I think many readers enjoy these, but I find them disconcerting most of the time. I really did enjoy these lines “The day is almost too bright to bear, the green water covers me from the too bright day. I will lie here awhile and play with the water and the sun spots.” Probably because I wonder what she is hiding from in that bathtub.

  • I’m having a quiet morning and remembered to stop by — and I am so glad I did so because I *adore* Amy Lowell! What a wonderful, unexpected treat!

    I’m not familiar with this poem, but wow, do I love the imagery and the feel of it. Esp “The sunshine pours in at the bath-room window and bores through the water in the bath-tub in lathes and planes of greenish-white…” It makes me want to take a daytime bath right now, no bubbles or soaps, just to watch the water. I’ve even got a clawfoot tub in my apartment, and while that isn’t in this poem, I just imagine that’s the kind of tub a poet like Lowell would bathe in.

    • Amy Lowell is an intriguing poet, and I liked this poem in spite of its structure. I generally don’t enjoy these paragraph-like poems for some reason, but this one captured my attention. I agree that I can see her in a clawfoot bathtub…which are my favorites and hope to have one someday…again.