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"A Poem Should Not Mean/But Be": A Reading of Poems
Copyright 2005 Diane Quaid
* Poetry reading to illustrate, enhance, and enliven the presentation of papers at: The Eric
Voegelin Society*
"Ars Poetica" selected by Charles R. Embry, Texas A&M University, Chair
2 by William Carlos Williams selected by Robert C. McMahon, Louisiana State University,
author of The Metaxic Unconscious of William Carlos Williams' "This Is Just To Say"
2 by Mary Oliver selected by Robert S. Seiler, Independent Scholar, author of "Glory is My
Work": Mary Oliver's Search for Order
Selections from T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets" by Glenn Hughes, St. Mary's University, author of A
Pattern of Timeless Moments: Existence and History in T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets
"St. Kevin and the Blackbird" selected by Polly Detels, Texas A&M University, Discussant, and
Diane Quaid
Ars Poetica --Archibald MacLeish
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,
Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,
Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown--
A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.
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A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,
Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,
Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind--
A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.
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A poem should be equal to:
Not true.
For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.
For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea--
A poem should not mean
But be.
This Is Just To Say - William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
The Red Wheelbarrow - William Carlos Williams
So much depends
upon
a red wheel
barrow
glazed with rain
water
beside the white
chickens