Date of publication: 2017-08-25 20:04
Some days I went for value:
the cocktail ring with its fifty-two diamonds spiraling.
The next I’d opt for sentiment:
her charm bracelet, each figure holding
a story I remembered from childhood.
The crown of the tree is its own
language, that likes to ask
questions about death.
The leaves toss their syllables
combine and separate again.
These poems are from a collection Joe wrote about seeking a restraining order against his brother. He hopes to publish his first chapbook later this year. These poems have not been published elsewhere.
Marguerite G. Bouvard is the author of 8 books of poetry two of which won awards, including "The Unpredictability of Light" that won the MassBook Award for Poetry. Her poems have been widely anthologized and published in numerous literary magazines. She has also written 67 non-fiction books on human rights, grief, and more. She is a resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.
Night slows here,
the first breath held back,
clenched like a tight fist in the arroyo under shattered glass.
But we still want to shake the oxygen loose from flypaper,
hack its veins,
divert its course,
and reveal its broken back,
There are reasons and reasons here. One possible reason is the return to the foreground of figurative or representational pictorial art. But there's been enough precedent, since De Chirico and surrealism and neoromanticism, for including figurative art in the modern. There have to be other, less obvious, and at the same time more general reasons for the currency of postmodern in talk about recent painting and sculpture. All the more because no critic or journalist I'm aware of who makes free with postmodern points to any specific body of work he or she feels really confident in calling that.
Can postmodern be identified in an equally agreed upon way in any of the other arts? I haven't yet seen or heard the term applied in earnest to anything in recent literature. It's come up in connection with music, but haphazardly and with no agreement about what it means there. And from what I can tell it comes up hardly at all in talk about the dance or the movies. Away from architecture, it's in the area of painting and sculpture that I've mostly heard and seen postmodern used -- but only by critics and journalists, not by artists themselves.
only once Bobby and me in pea-coats, collars up
against the off-season gusts, backdropped by various
games of chance. There’s that shot with our heads
It could be said that Finnis  states that we have to
choose between Sartreist existentialism and the precapitalist paradigm of
narrative. Foucault uses the term 8766 predialectic libertarianism 8767 to denote the
difference between society and art.
Poetry 685 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 685 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system.
With Horatio they have positioned themselves
at the borders of the permissible world:
there they stand guard, their drawn swords shining like stars,
refusing admittance even to the angels.