All I'm doing here is posting one great poem every day(not mine, obviously) and attempting to summarize the key elements that I think make the poem work....i.e. the kernel of what resonates, rather than how it's achieved - the assumption being that it is achieved via craft, beauty, music, imagery, metaphor, whatever....(opinions may vary, results not typical, etc...) Does that sound like a (kinda ambitious) plan? Alright. Holden Caulfield lives...
This "poem" is an excerpt from a poem sequence in a novel by D. M. Thomas (The White Hotel) - I include it as an excerpt because his poems are very long - novella-length almost -so I just wanted to give an introduction to this amazing book, and to the poetry in it. This is one of my top five books - I urge you to read it, it stands alone - and the poetry in it is in the same league...
I dreamt of falling trees in a wild storm
I was between them as a desolate shore
came to meet me and I ran, scared stiff,
there was a trap door but I could not lift
it, I have started an affair
with your son, on a train somewhere
in a dark tunnel, his hand was underneath
my dress between my thighs I could not breathe
he took me to a white lakeside hotel
somewhere high up, the lake was emerald
I could not stop myself I was in flames...
- excerpt from Don Giovanni, The White Hotel
Not appropriate for an excerpt - oh, alright..
Loss of control,
salvation and damnation,
Adios, y hasta manana, mis compadres en poesia...
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