April 18, 2019
April is National Poetry Month
“Favorite Poets Week”
Writing by Inner Vision – A Personal Journal
2019 – I am Reflecting on my Favorite Poets this Week.
On April 29, 1947, Yusef Komunyakaa was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana,
“ Forget all rules, forget all restrictions, as to taste, as to what ought to be said, write for the pleasure of it… – William Carlos Williams ”
7 Days – 7 Poets
In my personal library, there is a shelf which holds several books by Yusef Komunyakaa, American Poet.
This modest 7-day series will introduce my readers to 7 different poets who have influenced my creative and professional life as an academic scholar, author, and visual artist. I am presenting them for enjoyment because they have given me so much pleasure over the years since I first read their work..
For today’s feature, a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa~
They left my hands like a printer’s
Or thief’s before a police blotter
& pulled me into early morning’s
Terrestrial sweetness, so thick
The damp ground was consecrated
Where they fell among a garland of thorns.
Although I could smell old lime-covered
History, at ten I’d still hold out my hands
& berries fell into them. Eating from one
& filling a half gallon with the other,
I ate the mythology & dreamt
Of pies & cobbler, almost
Needful as forgiveness. My bird dog Spot
Eyed blue jays & thrashers. The mud frogs
In rich blackness, hid from daylight.
An hour later, beside City Limits Road
I balanced a gleaming can in each hand,
Limboed between worlds, repeating one dollar.
The big blue car made me sweat.
Wintertime crawled out of the windows.
When I leaned closer I saw the boy
& girl my age, in the wide back seat
Smirking, & it was then I remembered my fingers
Burning with thorns among berries too ripe to touch.
To Think About:
Would you set aside some time today to read ONE favorite poem?
Read through the poem a time or two.
Begin to write what you SEE and HEAR in that poem.
Be aware of all of your senses as you read and write.
Record how each of the senses brings information to you.
SEARCH for FACTS in the text.
You are a detective and you are looking for clues of meaning as you read and think about the words..
EXPLICATING a POEM.
It is a DEEP READING of a poem – and you will be making discoveries as you continue to investigate the poem.
EXAMPLE of PXPLICATING A POEM:
This blog post is an excellent example of how to write an explication of a poem.
Now it is your turn:
Pick a favorite poem by one of your favorite poets and write an explication of the poem.
This exercise will help you to understand a poem more than you would in just a quick reading.
Think of the poem as a gold mine – you are about to begin a treasure hunt in that poem.
Taking time to really investigate and search through the poem will bring you to treasures you may have missed before.
What poem will you choose?
What poet will you choose?
Read biography & more poems by Yusef Komunyakaa: Click here!
This article is a gift from Pennsylvania Author and Artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert.
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