Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mark Strand Passes Away

Mark Strand, a former poet laureate, was one of my favorite poets.

Here's one of the first poems I read by him.

Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.

I am a new man,
I snarl at her and bark,
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.


Here's a link to an obituary.

1 comment:

Urkat said...

I liked him, his lovely idiosyncratic economy.