Strange Faces Other Minds

Strange Faces Other Minds 8: The Rain

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on August 31st, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

I found this Creeley poem via The Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day podcast. I loved the audio, but reading it was just as good.

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Strange Faces Other Minds 7: Presque Isle

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on August 3rd, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

In every life, there’s a moment or two.
In every life, a room somewhere, by the sea or in the mountains.

On the table, a dish of apricots. Pits in a white ashtray.

Like all images, these were the conditions of a pact:
on your cheek, tremor of sunlight,
my finger pressing your lips.
The walls blue-white; paint from the low bureau flaking a little.

That room must still exist, on the fourth floor,
with a small balcony overlooking the ocean.
A square white room, the top sheet pulled back over the edge of the bed.
It hasn’t dissolved back into nothing, into reality.
Through the open window, sea air, smelling of iodine.

Early morning: a man calling a small boy back from the water.
That small boy–he would be twenty now.

Around your face, rushes of damp hair, streaked with auburn.
Muslin, flicker of silver. Heavy jar filled with white peonies.

Every time I read this it takes me to my room somewhere. I first experienced this poem on the page. I wish I could find a recording of Gluck reading it.

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Strange Faces Other Minds 6: Somebody in a Bar

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on July 27th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

This is a great example of how lightning can strike anywhere. I photo copied this page from a book of poems in the library. I didn’t like any of the other poems. I don’t even like this poem, but the second stanza by itself is probably the best thing I’ve read all year. It kills me every time I read it. I tried to track down who wrote it, but wasn’t able to. If anyone reads and recognizes it, please let me know.

Somebody in a Bar

Strange Faces Other Minds 5: Birdseed

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on July 13th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Robert Saunders was a good friend. He passed away 10 years ago and I still miss him. It is hard to know if I’d like this poem as much if I didn’t know him personally. It definitely reminds me about what I loved so much being around him. I guess it doesn’t really matter though, if you love a poem, you love a poem.

Birdseed

I planted birdseed
But no birds grew;
I watered the plot
While over it flew
Other birds, who
Were unaware
Of what I thought
Was growing there.

Strange Faces Other Minds 4: Dancing With Strom

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on May 4th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

This Nikky Finney poem is too long for my usual taste, but just took me in. I heard it first and was enchanted by the multitude of conflicting emotions that one event could elicit. Having since read it, I still really enjoy the text version. Here is a link to both versions on the Poetry Foundation’s site.

Strange Faces Other Minds 3: Seed Poem

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on February 24th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

This is an old favorite. I only know it from a audio compilation of poems from Giorno Poetry Systems. It’s read by Charles Stein. I can’t find the text of it anywhere. If you have the poem or can find it online, let me know. This poem is as smart, playful, and funny as any I know. Here is a link to the album I found it on. It’s called Seed Poem.

Strange Faces Other Minds 2: Ararat

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on January 20th, 2020 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Here is Mark Doty’s poem Ararat. (text, audio) I first heard this poem on the Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the day podcast. This poem works for me either way.

Strange Faces Other Minds 1: Pyramid Scheme

Posted in Strange Faces Other Minds on October 7th, 2019 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Pyramid is the best poem I’ve read in a long time. Here it is on the Poetry Foundation website. You can also hear Hera Lindsay Bird read it. I heard it first and fell in love with it. Sometimes I have the strange experience of then not enjoying the text as much, but I love this poem in either form.