194th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 194th 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 2013 Dive Into Poetry Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please sign up to be a stop on the 2013 National Poetry Month Blog Tour and visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Claudia Reder:

Untranslatable Song

          "Everyone needs one untranslatable song." --Juarroz 

On hearing the striped contralto of guinea fowl, 
its mock opera quivers the parsley atop its head--

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there, 
the stunned silence 
of knowing I will not remember 
what I heard;

that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve 
except as a child 
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.

What do you think?


  1. This seems like a poem I’d want to spend time with if I were reading the collection. I especially like these lines:
    “The song makes its imprint
    in the air, making itself felt,
    a felt world.”

    I’ve had that kind of an experience with certain songs.