52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Assignment Two: "Multiple Image" poem

Using "image" in a simple sense, that of words pointing to concrete referents, the students are to present two to three images, in twelve or fewer lines, and let the juxtaposition of the images do the talking. If they must offer an explicit interpretation, they can use the title for it. Here's the one I made this time:

Afternoon Homework

On the table an open book and glass
of half-drunk juice, pencil
in the crack of the book’s spine,
closed notebook next to the glass.

Color retreats from the window,
the tree’s bark it frames gray already,
street and curb and cars just past it,
visible homes, pale green leaves.

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