Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

A New Poet - Poem by Linda Pastan

Finding a new poet
is like finding a new wildflower
out in the woods. You don't see

its name in the flower books, and
nobody you tell believes
in its odd color or the way

its leaves grow in splayed rows
down the whole length of the page. In fact
the very page smells of spilled

red wine and the mustiness of the sea
on a foggy day - the odor of truth
and of lying.

And the words are so familiar,
so strangely new, words
you almost wrote yourself, if only

in your dreams there had been a pencil
or a pen or even a paintbrush,
if only there had been a flower.

Comments about A New Poet by Linda Pastan

  • (3/11/2018 12:09:00 PM)

    Writing a poem about poetry or poets must be as hard as acting in a play about actors. I like the jazz pause between sections, like listening to music when it all stops and the beat goes silent but it restarts in perfect sync. I like it. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/5/2016 4:06:00 PM)

    Great image of the wildflower and the description. Real depth. Loved it.

    Tom Billsborough
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  • Bill Cantrell (5/6/2016 3:59:00 PM)

    Wow, yes finding a new poet, how unique and wonderful a poem this is, so refreshing and crisp in every line, bravo! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2015 11:15:00 AM)

    Beautiful and so true.
    ...In fact the very page smells of spilled
    red wine and the mustiness of the sea
    on a foggy day - the odor of truth
    and of lying.

    Oh so true of us new poets.
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  • Kelly Kurt (3/24/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    Discovery of the unique, the fresh and precious, and the insightful appreciation of it. Marvelous! (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2014 1:23:00 AM)

    Wonderful expression of a new poet - you've found their innocence through your words.
    Totally poetical! I love it! Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn
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  • (8/2/2009 7:00:00 PM)


    This is such a tender encouragement to new poets, many of which exist on this site. It is tikkun olam to support the word generation that follows. I loved the poem. I give it a 10.

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  • (4/8/2007 2:05:00 PM)

    I liked this one very much. I like your syle of poetry, you do have a gift, you know how to bring those words to life. (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2007 3:51:00 PM)


    'The poison of the Honey Bee
    Is the Artist's Jealousy.'

    -from Auguries of Innocence
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  • (2/27/2007 6:39:00 AM)

    How did Pastan ever get a Pulitzer writing this stuff? Sorry, this is trite poetry. But again, she lives in Maryland, as I do, so I wish her well. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2006 4:58:00 PM)

    I would just like to say I love the poem (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (9/29/2006 12:09:00 AM)

    if only there had been a write about. good one. (Report) Reply

  • (3/1/2006 1:12:00 PM)

    I am amused with this poem... yes... nothing like finding a new poet! ! !

    dan =)
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  • (2/20/2006 3:37:00 AM)

    Well, I have just discovered you and this sums up exactly how I feel about your work. Lovely.
    Anna xxx
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  • (2/8/2006 8:47:00 AM)

    I have been 'picking flowers' since I discovered PH, and your work is one of them.
    How wonderful it is to make great new poetic friends who boost your ego AND help you become better at the same time. Love your work, and look forward to more.
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  • (2/6/2006 4:40:00 AM)

    Great, 'imagey' write. Regards. (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2006 6:38:00 AM)

    Linda, this is a beautiful poem girl. I'm glad i've found you, and it's cool to read your works. Keep writing.

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  • (2/3/2006 3:16:00 AM)

    Wow, this is really special, very nicely done Linda, Moyaxx (Report) Reply

  • (2/2/2006 9:56:00 PM)

    Linda, you are the wildflower in the woods that I have discovered. I love poems about poets...and have written many of them. This one is absolutely perfect and lovely to read again and again.

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  • Cj Heck (2/2/2006 9:18:00 PM)

    This is excellent, Linda. I enjoyed your imagery and flow.
    My warmest regards,
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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