Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Speaking of Ladies

The Pulitzer in poetry went to one who wrote this:

The Bat

We didn't know what woke us—just something
moving, lighter than our breathing. The world
bound by an icy ligature, our house

was to the bat a hollow, warmer cavity
that now it could not leave. I screamed
for you to do something. So you killed it

with the broom; I heard you curse as you
swept the air. I wanted you to do it until
you did. I have never forgiven you.

and this:

Surface Hunting

You always washed artifacts
at the kitchen sink, your back
to the room, to me, to the mud

you'd tracked in from whatever
neighbor's field had just been plowed.
Spearpoints, birdpoints, awls and leaf-

shaped blades surfaced from the turned earth
as though from beneath some thicker
water you tried to see into.

You never tired, you told me, of the tangible
past you could admire, turn over
and over in your hand—the first

to touch it since the dead one that had
worked the stone. You lined bookshelves
and end tables with them; obsidian,

quartz, flint, they measured the hours you'd spent
with your head down, searching for others,
and also the prized hours of my own

solitude—collected, prized,
saved alongside those artifacts
that had been for so long lost.


Blogger John Sakkis said...

sharon olds eat your heart out!

uh oh...i didn't just bring up olds again did i?

2:02 PM  
Blogger Gelsinger said...



4:30 PM  
Blogger Gelsinger said...



4:30 PM  
Blogger Gelsinger said...

So nice you gotta say it twice.

Who wrote the poems posted here?

Getting into work screwed contrariwise, I was ready to appreciate these poems so roughly introduced, then teach the poster a thing or two about poetry, but instead I laughed at the first one, and simply sighed at the second. If only it were hard to be so bad.

So who's the felon?

4:32 PM  
Blogger John Sakkis said...

me and sharon make babies...

6:04 PM  
Blogger Tawrin said...

Claudia Emerson is the poet.

10:59 PM  
Blogger John Sakkis said...

claudia emerson is most definitly NOT the poet...in "you da man" terms...

12:26 AM  
Blogger House Press said...

I like these poems. Sue me.

Eric U

1:34 PM  
Blogger Al Cohen said...

oh man, the rain is like so serious

makes me want to say
for first time
I'm ready to forgive God

these poems would be much better
ina bruce springsteen song

12:17 AM  

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