Tuesday, April 28, 2015
This week Harvey Molloy has shared a poem by Cliff Fell - 'In Carbondale'.
As Harvey says 'We can read the title of the poem as not just functioning as a proper noun referring to the town of Carbondale, Illinois, but as an kind of epithet for all life on Earth.' And 'There's a kind of poetry I love which I think of as speculative or errant.
The poem takes me on a walk with an idea. It goes off—like a dog pulling the reader on a lead as it follows scents in the language. These poems are full of possibilities, chance encounters, echoes of the familiar and they tend to be longer than short lyrical poems as their adventure is not concerned with a singular experience or memory. 'In Carbondale' is such a poem.'