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This Week's Topic: April is National Poetry Month! Share your favorite poem(s) or poet.
Here's my response:
It's been a long time since I changed favorite poets. In fact, I pretty much jumped from Shel Silverstein in my grammar school years to e.e. cummings and never looked back. (Although, Shel and his poem "Sick" will always have a special place in my heart!) My favorite cummings poem is this one:
Pity this Busy Monster,Manunkind
pity this busy monster, manunkind,
not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)
plays with the bigness of his littleness
--electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange;lenses extend
unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish
returns on its unself.
A world of made
is not a world of born--pity poor flesh
and trees, poor stars and stones,but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical
ultraomnipotence. We doctors know
a hopeless case if--listen:there's a hell
of a good universe next door;let's go
My favorite line is that last one; it reminds me of my novel where the main character can never leave Earth fast enough. Then there is cumming's poem that begins, "i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart." That one had a special place at my wedding. There was another one that begins, "a clown's smirk in the skull of a baboon," which I helped put into a performance art sort of video to play at a poetry reading with a friend back in college. Wish I could my hands on that...it was priceless!
What's your favorite poet/poem?