Thursday, July 3, 2014

Poem: Melisma

From the book Interplay: Finding the Keys to Creativity 

What is the single biggest mistake that poets make in marketing their work?

“Paying too much attention to marketing their work.”

            --Jane Hirshfield, poet


Destroyed by autumn leaves
Christmas songs mid-November
wondering if we can cram any more death
into one year

I am constantly walking into photographs
Someday I will hire a detective to
track them down, demand royalties

Why is everyone in the café so obnoxious?
Has there been a release?

I wish singers
would learn to sing
with less emotion

Canadian guitars
winging a vee across the narrows
looking for one true voice

You don’t need to be good.
You need to mean it.

Photo by MJV

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