Posts Tagged "Coleridge"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 9

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Archive | 41 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 9

I think it might hang on one more day. I need a shower, so I put a nylon squeegee over the drain to catch hair. Oh, there’s quite a lot. When I get out, towel my head carefully, and run mousse through, large soggy heaps come out in my hands. I call Jerry. I take the scissors and cut the front as short as I can. Jerry cuts the back. No one is crying, no one is laughing. We’re doing a job here. My head emerges. The lines of my fontanels, visible for the first time since infancy.  What is all this about hair? And teeth, I think, are the same. Aren’t we all drawn to life, blowing full in...

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Quotes I’ve Saved and Why–#1

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Archive | 4 comments

Quotes I’ve Saved and Why–#1

C.D. Wright: “Poetry is language that sounds better and means more.”   [This is first in a series in which I take some quotes I’ve collected over time and try to figure out why I saved them.]    What is meant by “sounds better” has been exhaustively examined by every Introduction to Poetry book ever written, plus a passel of poets like C.D. Wright. Here is the beginning of one of Wright’s poems, “Why Ralph Refuses to Dance”: He would have to put out his smoke. At this time of year the snakes are slow and sorry-acting His ice would melt. He’d lose his seat. you...

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