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Palinopsia


(there) and (not) there
suited and somber
as Farrakhan's men. No

sun-blasted after
image may be summoned
to the surface. No

encrusted, rose dusted skirt
palm cradled skull seeping
bantor on balcony snared
in the cross-hairs. No

none of that.

Propped above a crush of shoulders
the baby is bland as a grain sack.
The crowd booms like a monitored heart

and they, somber suits,
are seared into the after
the image of ghosts.

Last edited by ChrisD1, Sep/20/2009, 8:39 am
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Christ on a crutch, Chrisfriend! I read the poem the day you posted it. Was it last Sunday? I knew I didn't have the right orientation for getting inside it, that I needed to wait, needed to figure out an approach. But the clue was there and signalling all the while.

Palinopsia: seeing again, an after image.

This is one strong poem. Deliberate and maybe perfectly (word-image and rhythm) punctuated. First stanza's somber and suited image comes across like a platform from which the poem takes its dive. Then the poem's middle body fleshing out its no's that somehow come across as yeses. Then the denouement and I see what the poem sees. I see that child most of all and associatively it brings to mind a yes raised above the nos.

This is a poem made from the inside out, which, to me, is how all poetry should proceed. Not made from some vantage point, but from the middle belly of circumstance. I can find no fault with the poem. In a lesser poem "seared" would not convince me. Here the descriptor does.

You post poems so infrequently. When you do you almost always straighten my back. This is such a good poem. It stands on its own feet.

Tere
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Oh thank you, Tere. That means a great deal to me. I was afraid this one was gibberish.

Chris
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Hi Chris,

I confess this one was a real puzzler until Tere provided a clue. (I thought the title referred to Sarah Palin or something! LOL) The poem still holds much mystery for me, a reflection of the disorientation the condition would create. The first line works well as do the many startling images.
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Dude, where've you been? I missed ya.

Sorry to be mysterious here. The somber suits are Obama's secret service. The after-image is of too many assasinations in the life span of a country, let alone one individual. I'd hoped S3 would help to explain. In fact, I was afraid it was a tad heavy handed.

Just my impressions of a freaky summer.

Good to see you posting.

Chris
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Hi Chris,

It's good to be back. Thanks again for keeping the site active over the summer.

I thought the first stanza referred to the Secret Service and the following stanzas to various political assassinations, so maybe I understood the poem better than I thought I did!
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Chris -

This is a puzzle for me to untangle. I am not generally a fan of poetic puzzles, but then yours are always so worth it. I have my gardening gloves on, and planning on digging.

-shabnam
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hi Shab,

It's very good to see you here again. Thank you for spending some time with this poem.

I am not a fan of 'puzzle-poems' myself. Best not to approach it as a riddle to solve.
I've been trying lately to adhere a little less to linear logic/narrative...just trying for images which can be freely associated or grasped on a different level. Feels like something new for me and your response is much appreciated.

Chris
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