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31 August 2006

Poetry Thursday: Carrying Chase Twichell

This week I carried with me "To the Reader: Polaroids" by Chase Twichell. I've never met Chase, though she will be reading at my university near the end of September, and she's someone I've followed through the years. Her poems are so finely constructed, with every line being confident, surely measured (not necessarily meaning metrical).

About having this particular poem during this particular week--a week of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, of the dissipation of Tropical Storm Ernesto, of school cancellations, of my own obsessing recently over MFA programs and my own students' futures, and of the usual this and that--her words were more than a little reassuring for me, a prayerful buffering. I was also thinking of our Sprigs, who's going through a rough patch and needs a little quiet and time, as well as a number of my own non-on-line friends who also have certain resiliency and lightness, however slightly sad-toned, and their own persistency and carrying-on. To carry this poem made me think of their burdens, wishing them some ease along the way, especially the poem's closing lines:
May neither of us forsake the other.
The cloud persists in the darkness,
but the darkness does not persist.

8 Comments:

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

"Polaroids" was very good I hope you get to chat :) That last stanza was powerful. Thanks

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger RavenGrrl said...

Her poem Polaroids, is truly like a prayer, Jim and I think you for sharing it (and Chase) with us. I am going to write down just the last stanza -- because it will fit on a tiny slip of paper
or bark
and because,
as tammy wrote, it is powerful, it is the seed of Chase's poem it speaks so clearly to what I need to hear
right now.

besides the poem, Jim -- your introduction is so well written, your lines are certain and confident and deep-feeling.
Maureen

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger wendylou who? said...

One of the best poems offered today. I am printing it now..Thanks.PS She has a twinkle about her..this Chase...tanks very much

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger January said...

Yes! A fitting sentiment for so many friends and loved ones right now.

I hang a poem outside of my office door at work weekly, and occasionally someone takes the time to read it. "Polaroids" will be my next selection.

Hope Ernesto wasn't too much trouble for you.

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger Catherine said...

Just lovely - thanks for introducing me to Chase

 
At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Nic Sebastian said...

Loved this -- she is new to me. Many thanks for the intro. - Nic

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger liz elayne said...

jim,
thank you for this. for getting it and knowing the words that invite moments when one can take a deep breath.

i am going to read more of her work. incredible.

liz

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Ceebie said...

ooh i love this one. Thanks for sharing it. It's similar to the Japanese saying I keep in my head: Yume: Don't give up on your dreams. After rain may come a rainbow.

 

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