Po-Chops

Po-Chop: Jeffrey McDaniel: The Forgiveness Parade

Po-Chop: Jeffrey McDaniel: The Forgiveness Parade

“There’s nothing like a full moon, reflected in the eyes of a blind man, using a telescope to stir a bowl of Russian alphabet soup for the cosmonauts . . .” Jeffrey McDaniel’s poem, “The Forgiveness Parade” (The Forgiveness Parade Manic D Press, 1998), is an excellent example of how poetry can serve as nourishment and push the boundaries of […]

Po-Chop: Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood

Po-Chop: Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood

“Vesuvius clocks all black bells and lava, Niagara clocks that cataract their ticks…” This brief description of two kinds of clocks from Dylan Thomas’ play for voices, Under Milk Wood, is part of a longer passage in which one of the voices describes a room filled with a great variety of clocks.   Whether or not these clocks are truly […]

Po-Chop: Katherine Larson: Risk

Po-Chop: Katherine Larson: Risk

“I unroll into a grub. A grub with the mind of a girl, a girl with the lips of an insect”   Even metamorphosis is transformed in Katherine Larson’s first book, Radial Symmetry, which was chosen by Louise Glück for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The lines above come from a dream poem titled “Risk,” in which the speaker […]

Po-Chop: Gerard Manley Hopkins: [As Kingfishers…]

Po-Chop: Gerard Manley Hopkins: [As Kingfishers…]

“Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name”   Lines like these, from Hopkins’ 1918 poem “[As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame],” demonstrate the poet’s remarkable ability to use form (in this case, the rhythm of the English language) in tandem with content (strings being plucked, a […]


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