Friday, April 22, 2011
The trick, one poet said to another,
is to make your long lines seem short
and your short lines seem long —
then, let your words echo like freight cars.
That’s no trick, the other poet replied,
it’s just plain common sense.
The talk that followed
was drowned out
by the sound
of a passing train,
From Poems, Slightly Used.
Note: I first offered “The Trick” here back on September 8, 2008. I link to it because the one beautiful comment it earned was written by Brian Salchert, a gracious poet-friend and friend to many who passed away August 31, 2010. And I link to that entry because it’s now updated to include burial information thoughtfully sent to me by Brian’s sister, Jean. Through the noise and through the fear, we remember.