Writing Short Rhyming Poems with Metaphors
The book’s initial section, “The Glove,” opens with a number of poems dealing with danger, injury, and unresolved grief in the premature death of a father. Other poems reflect growing up in mid-century, and depict informal but at the time significant “rites of passage.”
The second part, “Knot-Popping Art,” reflects the persona’s world of romance, marriage, the responsibilities and foibles of parenting, and deepening perceptions of the natural world and maturing human relationships.
Part three, “The Trumpet,” presents poems occasioned by the aging and death of the persona’s parents and other kinds of loss transfigured by and seen increasingly through the lenses of the arts — sculpture, epoxied “ghetto glass,” pottery, painting, music, and the “artistry” found in the realm of nature and the cosmos.
Four, “Baking Bread and Other Subtleties,” invites the reader to experience the natural world of the five senses and beyond. It draws on metaphors of contemporary physics. To a lesser degree it draws on biology, as in the pseudopods of sight and thought. It challenges the clichés of ideology and over-zealous religious orthodoxy.
“Breaking 21st Century Bread,” part five, introduces poems drawing on metaphors of the Anunnaki. (These were extraterrestrials from planet Nibiru, whose persistent gold-mining exploitation of Earth is chronicled in the cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and other archeological artifacts dug up in Iraq that reflect the Sumerian Civilization 5,000 years ago. This group reflects the research of Proffessor Zecharia Sitchin.) As group, these poems constitute a metaphor which addresses humankind’s brokenness and ultimate potential for healing — through enhanced consciousness — in the communal image of breaking bread together.
The sixth and final section of the book, “Coda for Readers and Poets: Twelve Dances,” is a twelve-poem invitation to readers to read formal poetry with flare that invites natural speech rhythms to run counterpoint to the metrical rhythm. It invites poets writing today to stretch, with Frost, the net of metrical rhymed verse back over the tennis court of contemporary poetry as a means to make it, and the poets who write it, new.
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