One thing poetry can do is present the common and familiar in completely new terms, clarifying or uncovering ideas or thoughts or insights that we didn’t see before or where not aware of. Both of our Poetic Voices poets featured today have done that in recently published collections.
Sheila Squillante’s Beautiful Nerve looks at the familiar and commonplace – a sparrow, a slant of light, the color green, a cookbook, bears – and essentially re-imagines them. They are still familiar, and yet, in Squillante’s hands, they had become something different. An example is what she does with the concept of landscape – she puts a picture frame around it.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.