Thursday, August 22, 2013

This Poetry Thing and That

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will be the subject in another of the wonderful Tiferet Talks -- Melissa Studdard's streaming radio interview show sponsored by Tiferet Journal. Listen to the show streaming on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 PM CST, or listen later, when the show is archived. I love Pinsky's poetry and also his book on poetics. His reading of "The Shirt" is one of my all-time favorite readings. And here's my reading of a poem "Every Morning I Try" from my forthcoming (September!) book, Gods of Water and Air.  It appears at The Cortland Review.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pre-Launch Dawn - Gods of Water and Air

It's the hour before the launch of my book, and like the men in the blockhouse where my father worked to send up missiles that streaked through the sky, I'm working quietly (thought without slide rule) to tell my friends and fans that this book will soon lift off from Aldrich Press -- 133 pages of poems, essays, and even a short play. Here's a taste, a prose poem from the first section, Gods of Upheaval and Flight.
Wild Ranunculas 

This is how you mend, ounce by floating ounce. Each petal lights on the eye, and the five-fingered yellow flowers nod. A moving cloud scars the field in March wind’s bitter tea. Walking through fields is an undoing. Eyes take off memo- ries and stand where sun has fallen and sprouted into a thousand green buds. Within each opened cup, a tiny black and drunken fly. How have you come this far, you ask. To know the wild ranunculas graze on your trampling ankles. Go back! You tell the flowers. The world is not ready for your news of stars. The meadow’s ancient bulletins are thick with unearned light. You return bee-like, carrying.