Nathan Coppedge

(10/23/1982 / New Haven, CT)


crooked finger, stalling star
light of bottoms, branching bear
the fullest approbation of the far
where yet it hurries on the near


pick a pond past beyond
rake a lake, drop a chain
deep within, throw the pin
shatter ice, dive and swim

Submitted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

Topic(s): change

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These were included in my first poetry collection, called 'Inverse Threads, ' which is no longer in print.

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  • Bronze Star - 5,350 Points Roseann Shawiak (4/30/2014 1:01:00 PM)

    As a poet surviving through all the grenades of your second poem,
    actually enjoying doing the dangerous things you have described in
    my mind. Exhilerating and wonderful poem. The first one not so much
    came to me, except the distance of it from my mind. Keep writing, I am
    so much enjoying your poetry. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 98 Points Nathan Coppedge (3/28/2014 12:07:00 PM)

    The two poems are disconnected. The first poem is slightly scatological, although I didn't notice this when I was writing it. It's supposed to evoke the meaning of distances, and the glory of the world, especially for poets.

    The second poem does indeed refer to grenades, although it is supposed to be figurative about human transformation, courage, and survival. In some sense, survival is 'a secret' which the poet must cherish, almost as though he is an action hero, although not literally an action hero. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,594 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/28/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    A good news for us and the poem probably speaks about the human folly and trick of the nature but I need your explanation loved and liked it thank 10 (Report) Reply

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