Pamela Spiro Wagner
Pamela Spiro Wagner Poems
- How To Read A Poem: Beginner's... First, forget ...
- Junior Miss Cool as Christmas plump as a wish and ...
- The Catatonic Speaks At first it seemed a good idea not ...
- Articles Of Faith Black ice. An accident's chain- reaction ...
- Grandiose He says: I was always more important than you ...
- To Those Who Believe We Are Li...
- Our Mothers' Daughters I dreamed my mother cut off my baby ...
The author of We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders, Poems, (CavanKerry Press 2009) Wagner lives with schizophrenia. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and attended medical school for one year. Despite having spent at least ten years of her life in psychiatric units and hospitals, she has won many awards, including a First Place in the 2001/2 International Poetry Competition sponsored by ... more »
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How To Read A Poem: Beginner's Manual
First, forget everything you have learned,
that poetry is difficult,
that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you,
with your high school equivalency diploma,
your steel-tipped boots,
or your white-collar misunderstandings.
Do not assume meanings hidden from you:
the best poems mean what they say and say it.
To read poetry requires only courage
enough to leap from the edge
Treat a poem like dirt,
humus rich and heavy from the garden.
Later it will become the fat tomatoes
and golden squash piled high upon your ...