To flood, with vowelling embrace,
a page agape at my pen’s impudence,
is to leave wounds of words upon its face,
carved with the sharp and flat of consonants.
Blood is ink dried in thirsty lines and margins,
annotated stanzas, editor’s cut and thrust.
All the while my stack of notebooks burgeons,
shrouded in poetry and dust.
Kim M. Russell, 2018
My response to The Poetry School NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 12: Poem Beginning with a Line By…, also posting on dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Ars Poetica.
Today’s task is to write a poem beginning with a line by someone else. Ali says that there is a long tradition of these and they’re a good way of paying homage to a poet or poem you love, but they also work simply as a jumping off point to talk about something else entirely. Today’s example poems are ‘Poem beginning with two lines by André Breton‘ by Peter Sirr and Ross Gay’s ‘Poem Beginning With a Line Overheard in the Gym‘.
‘To flood, with vowelling embrace’ has been taken from ‘A New Song’ by Seamus Heaney.