Monday, September 29, 2014

Toward the River

During April 2013, I was among 85 poets who each wrote a found poem a day from a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month initiative sponsored by the Found Poetry Review. My source was Michael Cunningham's The Hours and my thirty poems are now available at Amazon.com: Toward the River: Found Poems.

There are fifteen pantoums that capture the dramatic arc of Cunningham's four main characters in several poems each. The remaining fifteen poems are erasures that playfully depart from the novel.  

Here's a preview, the title poem:

toward the river

a coat too heavy
seems like nothing
she does not travel far
the voices are back

seems like nothing
searching for a stone
the voices are back
merely a gifted eccentric

searching for a stone
headache is approaching
merely a gifted eccentric
under a darkening sky

headache is approaching
dreaming of the surface
under a darkening sky
into one of the pockets

dreaming of the surface
the current wraps itself
into one of the pockets
they won’t let her go

the current wraps itself
stripes of green-black weed
they won’t let her go
moment of true perception

stripes of green-black weed
she does not travel far
moment of true perception
a coat too heavy

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