Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday poem #282 : Di Brandt : O Sylvia

You could never have known
the air sucked out of the glass jar
of your desperate youth
your desperate life
your desperate death
would spread like wildfire
all over the world
and reverb reverb reverb
in the minds of millions
of ordinary and extraordinary
helpless and powerful
girls and women and men
who all understood
what you meant what you felt
what you were
you were not so alone after all
dear Sylvia in that blue tinged glass jar
take a look here we all are
from near and far crowding in
for a party with you
who taught us how to dance
with the dark side
of ourselves
 the nightmares lurking
in the basement
the attic the bedroom
the innocent looking corner store

Di Brandt is Winnipeg's first Poet Laureate (2018-2019). Her new book of poetry is Glitter & Fall: Poetic Meditations after Laozi's Dao De Jing, with ink drawings by Lin Xu (Turnstone Press forthcoming Fall 2018).

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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