“What Keeps Us: A Community Poetry Reading in Response to Violence” is about bearing witness. Community members are invited to read aloud a poem from the collection below, which I have curated in collaboration with the Poetry Daily editorial review committee, or to sit in intentional silence.
Andrés Ajens (translated from the Spanish by Erín Moure)
a silence will have yet been spoken
prior to the saying, its time, language and its metaphors,
the ghastly potions, the wondrous ones, the neutral,
one silence intercalated / between one, ibid and none,
Hip bones sink and anchor on wood. Light rhythms paint the window.
My gullet is empty, endless, a void slick with ground glass festers
into pain, pulls me into time river, moonlight sucks down to snow.
The sonnet is a device I often use, not necessarily as a formal frame but as a couplet structure to hold against my freewrite. This offers a scaffold toward something that can spread out on the page and take up space in the world.
What Sparks Poetry
November 27, 2023
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