Thursday, April 9, 2009
Book Exchange, Part 3
As I do so often when I read, I’ve been reading Brian Salchert’s chapbook, January 1976, aloud. All the better, I think, to hear the music in passages like these, from “January 20th” and “January 14th”:
Scraping snow from my van’s windows, I found
a “Hi!” in some, & softly chuckled. Still,
I’d wanted to cruise Milwaukee the night
before; but the drifting winds kept me bound,
furious, and out of care, trying to fill
a dead time—writing, reading, in a poor light.
* * *
Remember—remember only good times,
exploring their crevices, their soft heights;
and dream those dreams that make you smile inside
as a poet does when he tees his rhymes
to zero them for vicarious sights
he rarely governs, hoping they abide.
Brian tells me that some of the poems in January 1976 have been revised, and that I can find the latest versions on his website. I have not yet read them, but owing to the strength of the originals, I am inclined to think of the revisions as different poems.
Book Exchange, Part 2
Book Exchange, Part 1
Recently Linked: My thanks to Isabelle for linking to Recently Banned Literature and Poems, Slightly Used from the other folk page of her blog, Letters to Ed. It’s greatly appreciated. A link to her blog can also be found in the “Reading Room.”
In the Forum: a face to admire.