202nd Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 202nd 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. Check out the stops on the 2013 National Poetry Month Blog Tour and the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Jeannine Hall Gailey’s Unexplained Fevers: (my review) (This one is for Ti over at Book Chatter)

Sleeping Beauty's Insomniac Twin
             an homage to Haruki Murakami's After Dark

I thought you might recognize me
without the dress and haircut.
Black eyeglasses and a thick book
are enough to dissuade most of the nightcrawlers,
the men looking for a good time and easy lay.
If you come with me, you'll cower at the mafia men
at midnight, pimps and broken prostitutes wrapped in sheets.
We'll narrowly miss being hit by a car.
The late night coffee shops croon their old, seedy jazz tunes.
Come with me, through the open mouth of the city,
where we will rescue the other half of our souls.
If you fall asleep, you'll miss what's right in front of you.

What do you think?


  1. It makes me curious about Murakami’s books. I’ve never read one.

  2. Interesting!! Reminds me a lot of After Dark but the tone is different from the work itself. Even though Murakami’s books have repeated themes, and sometimes a lot of violence against women, I never feel anger or hatred. In this poem, I feel a little bit angry reading it. Maybe that’s the point.

    Thanks for the reminder email too. I was so out of it I would have probably missed the post even though I am reading everyday.

    • You’re welcome for the reminder email. I’m so glad to hear that it did remind you of After Dark. I do think the poet was striving to stir anger.