Well, here we are day 15 of National Poetry Month here in these States Untied (no matter how I say it, it sounds like such a misnomer these days), and I still have not decided what poem I am going to read for you today. Ah well, this is not too unusual, but I still have house cleaning to do and at least one major errand to run, so this won’t be until later. I was again planning the outdoor reading, but that big yellow ball in the sky keeps doing his duck and run tricks. So we shall see.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some wise words from one of my heroes, Mr. Leonard Cohen. I first heard this prose poem of his earlier this week on PoetArt’s blog, and it fit nicely with some recent discussions I’ve had about just how to read. Sometimes I’ve found my readings too laced with emotion, while others thought it was too serious. I think Cohen gives a great perspective on the whole thing. I think I found something close to the complete text of the poem on Facebook which you can read here, but I recommend the first time just closing your eyes and letting his amazing voice do its voodoo on you.
For more advice from Leonard, read this thoughtful interview that never really happened. She has her sources well documented though, and it was a delight to read.