Pamela Spiro Wagner

Rookie - 25 Points (11.17.1952 / Tacoma, Washington)

Pamela Spiro Wagner Poems

1. Eating The Earth 9/6/2009
2. My Mother Was Medea 9/6/2009
3. Ambivalence 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
6. Mortal Choices 10/12/2011
7. Word Salad 10/12/2011
8. Beggar At The Feast 10/12/2011
9. Tyrannosaurus Rex 12/28/2012
10. The Song Of The Ant 12/28/2012
11. Consider The Bullfrog 12/28/2012
12. Efficacious Prayer 9/20/2014
13. Voices 9/20/2014
14. Grandiose 10/12/2011
15. The Catatonic Speaks 10/12/2011
16. Junior Miss 9/6/2009
17. Articles Of Faith 12/28/2012
18. How To Read A Poem: Beginner's Manual 9/6/2009
Best Poem of 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
and trust.

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 ...

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Our Mothers' Daughters

I dreamed my mother cut off
my baby toes, the suturing so perfect
she left no gangrene, no scars, just a fine line
of invisible thread and four toes on each foot
instead of five. The job done, she left me
at the “crutches store” on Whitney Avenue
where I could find no crutches to fit
and so hobbled back toward home
alone and lopsided.

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