Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Today is the halfway mark in National Poetry Month. Depending on whether you love poetry or not, I suppose there's a question that leads from that -- along the lines of whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

The other day, the postman brought this loveliest of greetings -- a postcard from Sandy Shreve with a poem from her latest book, Suddenly, So Much, on it.

The poem's story is of a cormorant who's flown in from the sea to fish in a city lake. There, " this park where we unleash our dogs" is this seabird. Haven't all of us, at one time or another, found ourselves in situations (and not always by choice) where we've been in a place outside our usual boundaries? Whether we've been brave enough to do as this cormorant -- "...he bares his breast" is probably quite another matter.

When it comes to the poem's form, it proves to be an interesting variation on a palindrome -- quite an accomplishment for a work of poetry.

Sandy's website shows off more versions of the postcard poems. You can even learn how to buy some to send for your own poetry project.

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