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December 14, 2006

The Ship Pounding

Donald Hall, the current Poet Laureate, is a very talented poet. He was, of course, married to the very talented poet Jane Kenyon. How do you know when a poet is talented? He (or she) can write about cancer treatment in a hospital and you are moved by it. The first few lines of The Ship Pounding (from Poetry

Each morning I made my way
among gangways, elevators,
and nurses’ pods to Jane’s room
to interrogate the grave helpers
who tended her through the night
while the ship’s massive engines
kept its propellers turning.

Poetry is one of my antidotes to the crazy speed and materialism of the modern (or is it post-modern?) world--a way to slow down the day, and to reflect on greater things.

Posted by Mark at December 14, 2006 10:53 PM

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I'm not much of the reader type, but I have always partial to Robert Frost poems for that very reason. It lets your thoughts swirl and you slow down the rat race a little.

Although usually I have absolutely no idea what he's talking about it, at least makes you stop and think "Wow, I must really be dumb because I have zero clue right now." Then I usually nap.

I am pretty.

Posted by: JR Ewing at December 15, 2006 06:00 PM