134th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 134th 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 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour from April 2011 and beginning again in April 2012.

Today’s poems is from Mark Strand:

Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. 
There is no happiness like mine. 
I have been eating poetry. 

The librarian does not believe what she sees. 
Her eyes are sad 
and she walks with her hands in her dress. 

The poems are gone. 
The light is dim. 
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up. 

Their eyeballs roll, 
their blond legs burn like brush. 
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.
She does not understand. 
When I get on my knees and lick her hand, 
she screams. 

I am a new man. 
I snarl at her and bark. 
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

What do you think?


  1. What’s funny is that he’s like a dog from the start. I just imagined him chewing on a book like dogs chew on just about anything. I enjoyed this one, though I was disturbed when I read about him licking the librarian’s hand! LOL

  2. I liked the playful nature of this poem. He wants to take in all of the poetry, which makes the librarian sad…but he wants her to understand that he has eaten the poetry to become the poetry..or at least its playful essence. At least, that’s what I got out of it.

  3. Like Jill I’m not sure it total get everything in this piece but what I do get I love!

  4. I love this! I don’t really get it all, but I really like it anyway, if that makes sense! I guess I like the first stanza the best.