Edition 1 was only a few days ago. When I said the next collections were slim, I didn’t lie.
Poetry Goal 202o: to read a poem* every day.
Smith was 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States.
Very impressive poems and quite varied. Between referencing an old John Ford movie (The Searchers) to an imagined party crashing by Frank Zappa, Smith takes us on a stimulating journey. Across politics and myths, kidnapping and murder, love and desire.
This is a poem about the itch
That stirs a nation at night
This is a poem about all we’ll do
Not to scratch —
+ . . .
I was impressed but I didn’t quite feel it in my heart. All very heady.
Now this was really good! I connected, this had life and grit. This also had mythology selections (history) plus the terrors of now; some with a touch of wry humor.
The bomb will wait forever for its purpose.
Outside my room, she screeches, It’s the bomb!
which means, it’s cool
that men urge calm while earning ribbons
riding bronco bomb.
+ . . .
*Or more. I’m not tracking, I’m just reading. I’m not limiting this experience to one poem a day – that is only the minimum.
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