Friday, February 20, 2009

Poetry Friday--Mail



On this date in 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act which created the U.S. Post Office. Perhaps he was hoping to receive a birthday card? The Post Office has remained in operation 217 years thus far, and I guess we shouldn't complain about the cost of postage stamps going up again in May!

Today, I'd like to share part of Dana Gioia's "The Letter":
And in the end, all that is really left
Is a feeling—strong and unavoidable—
That somehow we deserved something better.
That somewhere along the line things
Got fouled up. And that letter from whoever’s
In charge, which certainly would have set
Everything straight between us and the world,
Never reached us. Got lost somewhere.
Read the rest here.

Who can't relate to this? We're always looking for the letter, or the phone call, or the corrected invoice, or whatever, to set things straight!

Gioia, besides being a poet, was a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is an anthologist, a translator, an essayist, and, he writes librettos for operas! You can read more of his work in Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry [811 POE].

This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at The Holly and the Ivy.

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