Wondrous by Sarah Freligh
Comments from Rundel:
Wondrous: Beautiful reflective poem. Did she come up with form right away? (answer, probably not-- after many drafts, sometimes a form suggests itself.) Where lines break, makes it feel more conversational. Like arranging flowers… silences in music, it contributes to the whole of the tone.
How title is repeated twice at the end -- once for EB White, how the words made him cry, and once for the mother... hearing her voice say those words 10 years after her death.
How the enjambment of grief tumbles past the line break, through the space of a stanza brief, to fall multiplied on the verb
Pilgrims: everyone felt the details were perfect... and how cool it was that each person had a different version of the story -- for instance the ash falling down: could be from the lit cigarette, that small act of kindness to another; or maybe snow, the "pilgrims" not going into that bar for a drink.
Richness of sound and image: afternoon trudges; the silver choir of bottles... mouth feel of words (Pinsky).
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