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Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry Friday--Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry


Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry is a slim volume of three to five-line poems by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser [811.54 HAR]. The back cover tells us,
Longtime friends, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser always exchanged poems in their letter writing. After Kooser was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, Harrison found that his friend's poetry became "overwhelmingly vivid," and they began a correspondence comprised entirely of brief poems, "because that was the essence of what we wanted to say to each other."

There are no names attached to the poems, so the reader can truly look at them as a conversation between two individuals. Here's a sample taken at random:

I schlump around the farm
in dirty, insulated coveralls
checking the private lives of mice.


I heard the lake cheeping
under the ice, too weak
to break through the shell.


Nothing to do.
Nowhere to go.
The moth just drowned
in the whiskey glass.
This is heaven.


Wind in the chimney
turns on its heel
without crushing the ashes.

Head down to Louisiana to visit Margaret who is holding today's Round-Up at Reflections on the Teche.


6 comments:

  1. Fascinating and inspiring. It also reminds me of artists who correspond with sketches and paintings on envelopes.

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    1. Or people who still send postcards!

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  2. I've been meaning to check this one out... I like that there's no attribution. I would like to spend some time with it to see if the voices emerge strongly enough for us to determine whose poem is whose!

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    1. I call books like this, "potato chip" poetry, because you can't eat/read just one.

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  3. This all by itself could almost be an autobiography:
    Nothing to do.
    Nowhere to go.
    The moth just drowned
    in the whiskey glass.
    This is heaven.

    I love how the lake is too weak to break through the shell. Great imagery!

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    1. The whole book is full of little surprises!

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