word count 83

Write something containing the word “appalling.”

Overheard: “I don’t feel like it’s getting me where I want to go.”

I have two bales of straw in the back of my car, free from the New Canaan Library.

a 50-pound poem

The bees chewed a strip of cardboard into a mound of fluff.

Our fraught world – yet –
our parenting is perfect

Our fraught world – yet –
our poetry is perfect

wary – wry – awry

lapidary output, hard and polished

walking without metaphors

Fragments function almost completely without metaphors. They are replaced by gestures. A gesture is a sensory observation, a riff of thought which is complete in itself; in this completeness, it lures the reader into itself (every love starts with attraction), making the poem possible.

Murat Nemet-Nejat: A Few Thoughts on Fragments from Jerome Rothenberg’s blog Poems and Poetics

Recently I have added two more items to my collection of things without metaphors, for a total of three.

First, a shocking line near the end of Ursula LeGuin’s novel Tehanu:

Tenar walked without metaphors.

Second, Jonathan Skinner’s remarks to Gary Snyder at the Poets House reading recently that Gary’s poetry made little use of metaphor.

Third, above.