Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Poetry Dare for National Poetry Month

Today is the beginning of National Poetry Month, and we have a poetry dare from Tweetspeak Poetry.

It sounds simple: read a poem a day, preferably from one poet. Easy enough. But then you need to write the poem out to see how it feels, and then (on Wednesdays) go over to Tweetspeak and join in the discussion.

Actually, I think this is a pretty cool idea.

The book of poetry I decided upon for my response to the dare is The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. If I have a favorite poet, it’s Stevens, one of the three greats of modernism (the other two being T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas). My edition is the twentieth, published in 1980. It was first published in 1954. 

And the first poem in the collection is the one I read for today, “Earthy Anecdote:”

Every time the bucks went clattering
Over Oklahoma
A firecat bristled in the way.
Wherever they went,
They went clattering,
Until they swerved
In a swift, circular line
To the right,
because of the firecat.
Or until they swerved
in a swift, circular line
To the left,
Because of the firecat.
The bucks clattered.
The firecat went leaping,
to the right, to the left,
Bristled in the way.
Later, the firecat closed his bright eyes
And slept.

If you’re so inclined, join in the fun. All the information you need for the dare is at Tweetspeak Poetry.

Photograph: Wallace Stevens and William Faulkner at the presentation of the National Book Award to Faulkner. Photo via Lumpy Pudding.


Maureen said...

Perfect choice, Glynn.

Linda said...

I've joined Glynn. I chose (from Maureen's suggestions) naomi shihab nye. I have never read any of her poetry but am looking forward to this.