SPARROW

To see the announcement for my poetry book, Sparrow, selected by poet Dorianne Laux for the Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize at Writers & Books, go to http://www.wab.org/gell-poetry-prize/gell-prize-2012-winner/

You can find a review by Kathleen Kirk at EIL: http://www.escapeintolife.com/blog/review-of-sparrow-by-bethany-reid/

Friday, May 14, 2010

Rita Dove


Last night my friend Carla and I traveled to Seattle Arts and Lectures to hear poet Rita Dove (thank you Margaret and Lori for the tickets!). Here's a poem from her 1995 book Mother Love.



Persephone, Falling


One narcissus among the ordinary beautiful
flowers, one unlike all the others! She pulled,
stooped to pull harder--
when, sprung out of the earth
on his glittering terrible
carriage, he claimed his due.
It is finished. No one heard her.
No one! She had strayed from the herd.


(Remember: go straight to school.
This is important, stop fooling around!
don't answer to strangers. Stick
with your playmates. Keep your eyes down.)
This is how easily the pit
opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground.

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