Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Poem: Draft of a Modern Love Poem

I am taking International Literature and Culture in school right now, and I thought it'd be cool to share some of the readings I have to do. I've always wanted to have a better understanding of poetry and that's what our class mostly focuses on. I've shared some of the poems on my other blog, but I think this is a better place for them.

Just keep in mind that poetry is meant to be read out loud. It'll make a big difference.

Draft of a Modern Love Poem by Tadeusz Różewicz (Translated by Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. Maguire)

And yet white
is best described by gray
bird by stone
sunflowers
in December

love poems of old
were descriptions of the flesh
described this and that
for instance eyelashes

and yet red
should be described
by gray the sun by rain
poppies in November
lips by night

the most tangible
description of bread
is a description of hunger
in it is
the damp porous core
the warm interior
sunflowers at night
the breasts belly thighs of Cybele

a spring-clear
transparent description
of water
is a description of thirst
ashes
desert
it produces a mirage
clouds and trees move into
the mirror

Lack hunger
absence
of flesh
is a description of love
is a modern love poem
I think that what we aren't can be as important as what we are when it comes to the whole of who we are as people. Because of that, this poem really resonated with me. "And yet white is best described by gray." It's funny how something can seem white, but when you compare it to something really white it suddenly looks gray. Everything is relative.

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