Pamela Spiro Wagner
Pamela Spiro Wagner Poems
|1.||Eating The Earth||9/6/2009|
|3.||Our Mothers' Daughters||9/6/2009|
|4.||To Those Who Believe We Are Living In The Last Days I Say,||10/12/2011|
|7.||Beggar At The Feast||10/12/2011|
|9.||The Song Of The Ant||12/28/2012|
|10.||Consider The Bullfrog||12/28/2012|
|14.||My Mother Was Medea||9/6/2009|
|16.||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 ...
Cool as Christmas
plump as a wish
and simon-pure as cotton
you stroll the avenue
mean in your jeans
and the boys applaud.
You toss off a shrug
like a compliment
with a flicker of disdain
catching the whistle
in midair and
flinging it back again.