Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What poem most changed you as a human or most influenced you as a poet?

Question?

What poem most changed you as a human or most influenced you as a poet?

Nancy Simpson: "The Teeth Mother Naked at Last" by Robert Bly in 1970 and later incorporated into his book Sleepers Joining Hands both changed me as a human and influenced me as a poet. As I read the poem for the first time (alone, young and unknowing, an unquestioning American Citizen)  I kept asking myself - "What is this? And answering myself: "It's war. It's the Vietnam war, and all war and every other lie about humanity that was ever told."

You can read this poem in it's entirety, if you can read it, if you can stay with it. I hope you will.

http://bibliosity.blogspot.com/2009/09/teeth-mother-naked-at-last.html

A second poem I hope you will read, in the same vein is Robert S. King's poem "After the War, The War," first published  by Foundling Review. Read Now on line at  FutureCycle Press.

http://futurecycle.org/FutureCyclePoetry/AfterTheWar.aspx

2 comments:

Robert S. King said...

Nancy, thanks very much for mentioning my poem. Your own work deserves mentioning as well.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Nancy,
Thanks for sharing the poem that influenced you as a poet. I also like Robert King's poem.