Thursday, April 26, 2007

Carolyn Forche

I had the pleasure of meeting Carolyn Forche at a reading and workshop last week! What a gracious and interesting woman she is, and I will share what I learned from her in my Poetry Thursday column in a couple of weeks! Meanwhile, here's one of her poems.

In "Song Coming Toward Us," she writes:

I am spirit entering
the stomach of the stones.

Bowls of clay and water sing,
set on the fires to dry.
The mountain moves
like the spirit of southeast morning.

You walk where drums are buried.
Feel their skins tapping all night.
Snow flutes swell ahead of your life.
Listen to yourself.

I am spirit living
thin wooden years
around the aspen.

You live
like a brief wisp
in a giant place.




Tammy said...

Interesting and lovely way with words. Thanks for sharing :) XXOO

poet with a day job said...

So jealous!

wendy said...

I wish I could write poems like this...That speak of an eternal. That echo an everlasting. I tend to write poems about stubbing my toe..or having a tummy ache...

January said...

I haven't read a lot of Forche's work but what I've read, I've enjoyed. Can't wait to read your upcoming article.

(And I enjoyed your most recenet Poetry Thursday article, too.)

desert rat said...

Mm, very nice - thank you for sharing. Just out of curiosity, what's a "noubtain"? I Googled it but I just got some links on mountain bikes.

pepektheassassin said...

:D noubtain= bad. Sorry.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I've not read much of Forche's work - thanks for sharing this!

Catherine said...

I have an interview that Bill Moyers did with Carolyn Forche in a book called "The Language of Life". she has some very poweful political poems in there.

Pam said...

A lovely poem, beautiful words of the past.

chiefbiscuit said...

I love the second last stanza so much. i am inspired - gotta go write me some poems!

...deb said...

I am excited (and jealous, too) about your getting to meet her and look forward to your article article. I wrote about her for my poet-post a few weeks back, having gone to a reading in Portland.

...deb said...

Hi Joyce,

Thanks for stopping by and your very nice comment(s). You are welcome to use any of the Forche material from the stoney moss blog in any way you'd like.

I am quite fond of Marylhurst University. I completed an (long overdue) Interdisciplinary Studies BA just recently and along the way became intersted in writing and poetry because of the high value (and support) they place on arts and letters. And it is a beautiful campus, which is nice, too.

Like January I look forward to the upcominig article and had been quite touched by your last one.