amongst books

amongst books

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Poetic Cats and Calico Poems

I'm not a cat lover per se, but I've read excellent cat poems. For example, Baudelaire's Le Chat in which he compares a cat to the spirit of his lover is creative, memorable and effective.

Is it just me or is there a preponderance of prose-like poetry? Whatever happened to crisp diction, rich and precise vocabulary, strong imagery and cadence? I found some in a recent Adrienne Rich collection, The School Among The Ruins (2004). These poems are lyrical, emotional and precise. They can be read aloud and they work well on the page. Here are just a few lines from "Bract":

I tell you I could not live long
far from your anger
lunar reefed and tidal
bloodred bract from spiked stem
tossing on the ocean

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