Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The first poem I read today

...was "Absurdio" by George Elliott Clarke from Blue. The second word of the first line is "bah," a word I use all the time though rarely with the exclamation that's found in the poem. "Bah!" goes the speaker in the poem, and the exclamation belongs there. My day-to-day "bah" is generally more of a breath, the type of sound made when you finally sit down after working all day outside when it's hot and humid and you're sweating and in need of a jug of water. Sometimes my "bah" is the breeze-softened sound of a calf in the distance, just under a hill. Bah.

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