Why this?

The occasional poem of my own and a generous helping of work by others that I find inspiring. Site is named for a beloved book by one of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, whose fanciful work lights--and delights--my soul.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

To a Young Poet

Why do you try to write like an old man?
You are twenty-one - gold and purple
should stand sturdy in your garden.

You
break off all healing lustral howls
and welcome wintry frost upon your page

with steep-pinched, hard-shored resignations,
wisdoms ceded by the blooms who died.
Count quick shadows, enigmas,

make of them your inventory.
Enhance your boldness, your despair
of wanting everything, even what isn't there.

--Justin Vicari in Fugue

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