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Sunday, January 18, 2009

NEO Poet Field Guide

Full name:
AMY BRACKEN SPARKS

Age:
OLD ENOUGH

Habitat:
SOUTH SHORE OF LAKE ERIE; NEXT TO FRESH WATER

Range:
BOOKSTORES; ART MUSEUMS; MY OWN FRONT PORCH

Diet:
POETRY SINCE 2000; THE NEW YORKER; THE BLOGOSPHERE; TRUE BLUE FRIENDS

Distinguishing Markings:
2 BOOKS (SERIOUS RED & QUEEN OF CUPS); RECENT POEMS IN JOURNALS (HARPUR PALATE, BARN OWL REVIEW, GARGOYLE) AND ONLINE (DMQ REVIEW, HOBBLE CREEK REVIEW, WICKED ALICE). OLDER POEMS IN OTHER JOURNALS…

Predators:
THE GAS CO.; BREATHLESSNESS; GRAVITY; OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES; CARBOHYDRATES; LACK OF LIGHT

Prey:
COWBOY COFFEE; SASHIMI FEASTS; HONEY AND OAT BARS; OPEN SEATS ON THE 39 BUS; TYPOS; PEOPLE WHO MANGLE ENGLISH; POWER ABUSERS;

Call:

FROM THE POEM “THEN WE NAME YOU”:

Carry your eggs before you.
Clot them in the crotch of the tree.
The grass that roofs your world
goes to seed. See?
Be the blind creature
who is all claws.

Ready? Or raw?


Contact info:
zincamy@gmail.com


2 comments:

T.M. Göttl said...

I very much want to see the rest of this poem!

John Burroughs said...

I agree with T.M. Where can we find it? Love this excerpt....

Cited...

The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau