Pamela Spiro Wagner
Pamela Spiro Wagner Poems
|1.||Eating The Earth||9/6/2009|
|2.||My Mother Was Medea||9/6/2009|
|4.||Our Mothers' Daughters||9/6/2009|
|5.||To Those Who Believe We Are Living In The Last Days I Say,||10/12/2011|
|8.||Beggar At The Feast||10/12/2011|
|10.||The Song Of The Ant||12/28/2012|
|11.||Consider The Bullfrog||12/28/2012|
|15.||The Catatonic Speaks||10/12/2011|
|17.||Articles Of Faith||12/28/2012|
|18.||How To Read A Poem: Beginner's Manual||9/6/2009|
Comments about Pamela Spiro Wagner
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 ...
Eating The Earth
After Tyrone, the little boy next door,
makes her eat a handful of dirt
for telling lies
about where babies come from,
her father says it will do her no harm.
You have to eat a peck of dirt
before you die, her father says.
He also says she hadn’t lied:
babies do come that way.