Poetry Reading

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The following was written by a gentleman in my Friday critique group, The North County Writers’ Bloc. Gordon is our resident poet. I wanted to share this because, although it is about writing or understanding a poem, I think it applies to any fiction writing. It’s about finding the Truth in it, whatever you write.

Poetry Reading
by Gordon Archibald

Understanding a great poem is like
undressing a Victorian lady.
First time over unbuttons the bodice,
The theme, and
each reading exposes
a deeper layer
corset unlaced, petticoats
dropped,
’til it’s off with the knickers,
the author’s deepest thoughts,
like the lady,
revealed
In all their naked truth.

flaming june

Flaming June…Fredric Lord Leighton

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