I’m hosting Poetry Friday today! Please post your URLs in the comments, and I will update throughout the day. (Edit: For those of you who had trouble posting today, I profusely apologize. I forgot to turn off my “author needs to give approval to new commenters” box!! I’ve corrected problem now. So sorry!)
One of my favorite poets who writes about historical figures is Linda Bierds. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, and hearing her read, and sitting in on her lecture, twice! She talked about this poem in a lecture on integrating the narrative in the lyrical poem. I like this poem because its subject is Gregor Mendel, who I like because he was a monk AND a scientist! The italics are by the poet.
Matins: Gregor Mendel and the Bees
by Linda Bierds
Slowed by smoke, they slump
from the hive,
benign from the hive they slump,
Father of thorax and wing,
Father of light, they light
on my arm, make light
of my arm, tapering, golden,
Father of darkness receding,
they make from my arm
a candle, a flame, they candle
my arm with backcast
light, affixing the self
to the shell.
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Mary Lee at A Year of Reading reviews Laura Purdie Salas’ new book of poetry. (Laura has a contribution above.)
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Karen is talking about Groundhog’s Day.
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