Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Much Needed: Rain

Poem of the Day:
"Breach" by Nicole Cooley

Cooley's poem is interwoven with dictionary entries for the word "breach." Her piece opens, "Like a mouth packed shut, the levee wants to open the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture it desires the water's fluorescence, the water's depth, the water's dirt an infraction ." Without indents Cooley's prose poem looks like a small square of words, the breach being not immediately visible (say, a large space of white within the black lines of text) and therefore the "breach" exists perhaps in her inclusion of dictionary definitions; they break up her own voice.

and so the water, no pale lace collar fashioned of delicate mud, no mistress of careful spilling, the water in a storm surge cracks the floodwall apart gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers sound of a gun shot and shot, sound of a bomb blast a rift, a fissure, a severance of friendly relations

Today was scorching, unlike the cool and mild weekend we had. We need a rainstorm, perhaps equal in violence to the heat, to release this humidity and bring back the breeze. We need Cooley's "levee" to break -- but this time from the sky -- and to ease the unwelcome strength of these rays.

I'm lookin' to you, Cooley.

A Poem A Day Audrey


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