Silver Stable

April 24, 2018
Happy final Tuesday in Na/GloPoWriMo, everyone.

Today’s craft resource is a long-ish essay by Hyejung Kook regarding how poetry can be created from absence, or in the wake of loss, and how awareness of mortality drives a desire to produce art, people, poems.
And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy – a poem typically written in honor or memory of someone dead. But we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy that has a hopefulness to it. Need inspiration? You might look at W.H. Auden’s elegy for Yeats, which ends on a note suggesting that the great poet’s work will live on, inspiring others in years to come. Or perhaps this elegy by Mary Jo Bang, where the sadness is shot through with a sense of forgiveness on both sides.
Happy (or at least, hopeful) writing!

Silver Stable

he appeared out of nowhere
the forest
young easy open smiling
clear face
torn work-pants blue shirt
said he was new
took over uncle’s farm
opposite forest
shared glass of wine
talked awhile
warmth closeness ease
joy as if

turns out
forest was
different galaxy
planet flows silver light
landscapes fauna flora people
liquid silver
moon-ripples on water
sun-plays on waves
beings too liquid light
flow hold hands
recognized known


another day he showed
his cattle farm
low ceilings dark beams
steaming animal bodies hay straw
cow plop urine flows dung liquid manure
water runs struggles sweeps
black liquid stepped in
flies torn dust-filled spiders’ webs dangle
sick-bay and where calves are born
hay straw blood flesh excrement
urine flows

rough raw
life on earth

produces milk hectoliters truckloads
milk-truck just pulled up
shining silver

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