✿ poetry class

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”
William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads

emotion isn’t quite the word
for what may fuel a poem
though it’s something spread
through what we call the body
there’s the wind, which we’ve discussed
in previous lessons
notice in this slide how it swirls
the huge dry oak leaves
of rusty shades around the schnauzer
in this parking lot—how they rush
together like elk across
a plain and also how
the afternoon
light that soaks
it all is making you cry

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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