is

—2011—

The Heron’s Nest 13.2 (June)

:: favorite ku from other journals in 2011 ::

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  1. It is something relatively rare in short poems, or in haiku– the use of longer, latinate words. Here Clare uses the word “lamentation” beautifully. The long word rhythmically holds onto itself a while, as a mourner holds her heart and gut in her own hands, before releasing into . . . nothing. The whole poem sings– among other ways by the word “other” echoing in “nothing”, “wind” echoing in “is”. In some poems it may be enough that “sounds call out to each other” as Bly says, but it is so much more when sound calls out to meaning, and meaning is amplified in sound, and deepened by it. This is a marvelous poem, and I believe Scott was absolutely right to showcase it here. My gratitude to him for doing so, and more so to Clare.

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