Monday, August 6, 2007

A New Poet

Finding a new poet
is like finding a new wildflower
out in the woods. You don't see

its name in the flower books, and
nobody you tell believes
in its odd color or the way

its leaves frow in splayed rows
down the whole length of the page. In fact
the very smells of spilled

red wine and the mustiness of the sea
on a foggy day--the odor of truth
and of lying.

And the words are so familiar,
so strangely new, words
you almost wrote yourself, if only

in your dream there had been a pencil
or a pen or even a paintbrush,
if only there had been a flower.

--Linda Pastan


fthluvhope said...

good imagery! and i love the simile at the beginning!

astairesteps said...

I had the joy of working with and studying under Paston. I have several of her books and really love her poems. I'm sure there will more of her poetry on the blog at some point.