Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sparrows' Song




SPARROWS’ SONG
fragments from Sappho 

sparrows
flow like stones
I don’t know

stones
flow like sparrows
I don’t know

water
sparrows
I don’t know

stones
sparrows
sky

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I've been going back and reworking old poems...or old attempts at poems. I wrote the original version of this at a homophonic workshop run by Jenny Sampirisi and Hugh Thomas at a Scream (literary festival) event in Toronto. It was based on the Greek fragments of Sappho. I've now gone back and pruned. Making the fragmentary even more fragmentary, but hopefully, like pruning, bits grow back, though in this case, in the mind of the reader. If you feel you have suckers growing in your neural crooks, I apologize. It may be my fault.

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