but the heart of a tree
a remnant of me
an accumulation of scents
the essence of adolescence
and early adulthood
a repository for bad and good
different lives and different times
an amalgam of stories and rhymes
Kim M. Russell, 12th January 2021
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Object Poems
Mish is back to host this Tuesday’s Poetics with ‘object poems’, in which an inanimate item is the subject of the poem. She says that the object is often brought to life using vivid, detailed descriptions of physical appearance and function, and has given us an amazing example by May Swenson, ‘A Navajo Blanket’.
Mish would like us to focus on the abstract and give begin our poems with (or give them the title) ‘THIS IS NOT A…’ We should choose an object from inside the home or outdoors, look past its obvious characteristics and uses, and spare the details. Instead, we should write about the connection it has to us or what it represents: what it means, the memories it holds; the emotions it evokes, etc.