Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Tuesday Poem this week showcases Australian poet John Tranter's salute to TS Eliot: 'Five Quartets
Ex-pat New Zealand author Belinda Hollyer (UK) is the editor and she selected Tranter's poem because she says she loves the poem's 'wit, intelligence and structure, and the way it forms a dance with Eliot's poem'. She quotes John Tranter, 'This poem is T.S. Eliot's Five Quartets with most of the words removed.' Here's a taste:
Words move the Chinese violin, while
the words between the foliage
waste a factory, or a by-pass.
There is a time for the wind to break
and to shake the field-mouse with a silent motto.
You lean against a van
and the deep village, the sultry dahlias,
wait for the early pipe.
The NZ-based Tuesday Poem blog is getting an online reputation with poets around the world for its broad reach in terms of poets and poems featured. The personal insights by the editor poets each week add interest to the posts. Tranter, for example, is well known in Australia with 20 collections of verse to his name, but little known in NZ.
Click here to find the TP site, and once you've read Tranter, make sure you check out the sidebar where 30 Tuesday Poets post poems by themselves and others they admire.
And the sidebar is bulging this week with a veritable shopping bag of delicious poetry goodies...
From work by local poets like Joan Fleming, Kay McKenzie-Cooke, Victoria Broome, Viv Plumb and Maggie Rainey-Smith to a Czeslaw Milosz poem posted by a Boston poet and a link to a seven-page long poem by US poet Dave Snyder. Eat your fill and then go back for more.