Thesis/Antithesis by Bryce Emley
In the Middle by Amichai.
Oh my, oh my. I will miss these weekly sessions, but also will be glad for a little rest for the month of July to be able to attend to my own writing and enjoy my family.
I confess, some of my "write-ups" of the discussions of the poems are not great writing,
nor do they attest to the quality of the discussion or art of the poets and poems selected.
I am selfishly content when I do write up the poems, to re-read them, and in my mind,
I have echoes of all the voices first reading them, then adding thoughtful comments.
Thank you all!
We have discussed the idea of the title as being a friendly hand offered to the reader...
the title as all important, as in the poem with only the words "wait" and "now"; the title as coat hanger on which connected thoughts will hang, etc.
So, let us begin wth "Cellular". Where do you go? Cell. biology. Cell. Terrorism. Cell phone.
I was so in the mood to read this opening sentence: There’s no law that says/
life needs to get more complicated.
although I can't find the lyrics... The poem stands on its own and I was glad it received notice
from Nimrod as a second place for their Neruda prize.
Where to put it (grief) brought up a discussion of rooms... and room... as in, do we have room for... in the poem by Taije Silverman. The image of the room "of the water-shaped tenable " is brilliant. Room: is there room… \
We closed on the Amichai poem... a meditation of 70 years ago, that could be anytime, recognizing that just/unjust are alike… albeit in our culture, we might not choose to call them both "lovely."
How do we remember? I am haunted by image at the end where he writes the name (of the beloved) in the dust on the table.