This is your friendly reminder that you have only a few days left in August to post about poetry and, if you decided to follow along with our prompt, Pulitzer Prize-winning poets. Please be sure to sign up with the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post by August 31st. On September 1st, I will post a round-up of all the poetry posts you send me! I can’t wait to read them all.
Anyway, let’s play Random Line from a Random Poem from a Random Poetry Magazine on Lu’s shelf! I have Poetry Magazines from September-June on my shelf. I just pulled this random number sequence from random.org (because I’m cool like that): 5, 4, 4.
he thinks he knows
That’s poem 4, line 4, from the April 2012 issue of Poetry magazine. It’s from a poem called “Work” by Nate Klug.
This experiment was not nearly as fun as I thought it was going to be. You win some, you lose some.
Should we try again? What if we do random lines from a random poem from a random Poetry magazine? I’ll pick 4 numbers: 4, 4, 9-10
and nibble like sleepwalkers held fast —
brittle beauty — might this be the last?
(“Wherof the Gift is Small” by Maxine Kumin)
Okay, now that was fun. I love seeing these lines out of context. They are beautiful on their own, but I suggest you seek out the poem in its entirety. You can read the full poem on the Poetry Foundation website.