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Posted on June 22, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



To avoid sounding like poetry

 

Not Karen practicing her flute. Rather

Dwight, my neighbor beyond her, trying

to start his rototiller again. Pulling

 

the cord, as if he had more than one

shoulder to give. This poem might need

to start again. One of Danny’s cows, beyond

 

their two houses is bellowing. Because

she’s about to drop her calf, relieve herself.

Relief one push away. All this puffing

 

and breathing, gardening and note-playing

could be a third way to begin a poem.

As if there was enough air, most of my

 

neighbors would say sounds too much

like a flowery poem. Too much like

the poem is trying to avoid sounding

 

like poetry. A fixed number of lines

per stanza, rhymes a reader can hear

and understand. Not quite like bellowing

 

and flower. Mickey, my other neighbor,

retired football coach and Christmas

tree entrepreneur, says he’s come to realize

 

is a poem’s music, too. Not flute

or cow-like, not a backfiring, puffing

machine. But more like two sounds slightly

 

related. the wind brings together. A phrase

to consider for jumpstarting a sonata,

turning the earth over.    

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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