Reading and writing

After many, many days of sleeping, hours of coughing, and two rounds of medication, I’m finally feeling human again. I read when the throbbing in my head permitted but didn’t do much writing. Thanks to the amazing author notes that accompany the poetry at Rattle, however, I was able to think about writing.

This poem was derived from the author notes with poems posted at Rattle on July 17, 19, and 22.

Poetry workshop in three stanzas

every day she writes
with a sharp pencil
on lined paper
in a notebook – like this one?

he often ruins poems
working them to death
he believes they are not lost
but find other, better makers

we lose stuff all the time –
pets, people, wallets, jobs
a good poem makes a sound
readers recognize as their own


blue river ii

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II’ in my yard.


4 responses to “Reading and writing

  1. I like this one very much. I won’t analyze why. I will just enjoy. Thanks, Jennifer!

  2. I love the thoughts you’ve conveyed – she writes poems everyday and he ruins them … lovely! Popping in to say hello. 🙂

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