National Poetry Month Day 27: Mark Strand

Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.

I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

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2 Responses to "National Poetry Month Day 27: Mark Strand"

  • Just discovered him, thanks to Dash & Lily by Cohn & Levithan. YES.

    1 Little Willow said this (November 6, 2010 at 12:57 AM)


  • I LOVE the Mark Strand poetry in Dash & Lily. I need to find more.

    2 Melanie said this (November 6, 2010 at 8:43 AM)


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