Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Ways to Catch Light
J.B. Rowell

in long curls of translucent
green piping that crash
again and again
into quivering foam

netted in scalloped edges
before receding under
dappled surface
stretched over depth

silk gown liquefaction
movement and blinding
glare through sliding glass
door in early morning

when leaded hotel curtains
are pulled aside with wands


Blogger burning moon said...

hi Julia, these last two poems you posted are very nice. I wondered how you feel about articles in poems.
I notice some poets seem to cut them almost entirely and I wondered whether there's some school of thought on that?

3:14 PM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Hi Moon!
Thanks for the compliment. I don't have an over-riding opinion about articles. I've found them to be distracting in some poems, and distracting when they're not in others. There is a school - or maybe just poets known for it. But which is escaping me . . . if there is anyone more knowledgable out there about this - please step in and shed some light. What do you think Moon?

6:50 PM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger Michael Parker said...

Very nice. And I have no particular thoughts about using articles in poetry. I use them, especially if an emphasis on the object is called for.

9:29 PM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger burning moon said...

I find like you, that sometimes I miss them, and sometimes they're distracting.
I have read some poems that are so minimalist and chopped back that they read like note-taking.
An editor here told me (actually he's told me several times), to always write in complete sentences, and I would if I knew what a complete sentence was, lol.

11:13 PM, March 28, 2006  

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