What does poetry do for us? What sort of perspective does it bring to our everyday lives? I invite your answers to these open-ended questions. The image I've included captures visually what a poem does for me. While washing dishes Monday morning, I looked up and saw a wine glass holding the trees I'd gazed at over the soapsuds for years without really seeing. "Over everything I place a glass bell," Margaret Atwood concludes a poem about watching her sister skate. I like to think of a poem filling an open glass with the world. It contains the lyric moment, that instant when we experience something as ordinary and familiar as the trees in one's yard in a new way. An instant of perception captured in language. Brimful. Shimmering. Inviting us into its vessel of words.
Each day during April I will be posting a poem I admire on my Laureate's Lasso blog. I hope you will join me there.
Causes Kathryn Byer Supports
Any environmental causes to keep our Southern mountains and our planet from devastation. Conservation Trust of North Carolina Nature Conservancy ADC,com...