Ars po­et­ica

Prairie Fire - - MARILYN DUMONT -

when pressed for def­i­ni­tion, I say

that I don’t know how to fix it

in so many words,

but I know that po­etry swings

that it hitches a ride and loosens from still­ness

it leans into mo­tion and rocks there

that it takes up with tempo and pulses

it in­hab­its our bones and purrs

it mea­sures the length of our framed life

and or­ders the chaotic stub­ble around us

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