Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 25,071 Points (June 30,1948 / New York, NY USA)

The Pull Of Poetry - Poem by Glen Kappy

I got there
just before it closed
and checked out
the book of poetry
I had on hold

and took it
to my car
and opened it—
the key unturned
in my ignition—

and read… and read…
till all was in blue shadow
and the chill insistent
on my neck
and shoulders.

Topic(s) of this poem: book, books, pleasure, poems, read, reading

Form: Free Verse


Comments about The Pull Of Poetry by Glen Kappy

  • (10/18/2017 8:50:00 AM)


    Again, this one is a slice of life, the image of a man so excited and moved by his book, that he sits in his car unmoving. I can tell you, I've been guilty of this myself! I get such a thrill from reading a new and inspiring book of poetry or any book. Thanks for sharing Glen. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/18/2017 5:08:00 PM)

    you're welcome. and thanks for the reading and comment. isn't it great to have conversation around poetry? -glen

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  • Daniel Brick (10/13/2017 10:59:00 PM)


    I love this poem, Glen, and I applaud POEMHUNTER for honoring it and making it more accessible to readers. It is so deftly written, not a wasted word, and yet it is a thorough narrative of the discovery of poetry which completely answers your need for poetry. The last stanza has a brief moment of incandescent language to the impact of great poetry on a sensitive reader. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/14/2017 7:03:00 AM)

    Hey, Daniel! Once again your fine-tuned ear has taken in this poem sensitively. I'm particularly fond of the description in the last stanza and glad the words came for it. (I'm also particularly fond of the detail of the unturned key- I felt it had to be in the poem, and I'm glad for that, glad it's there.) As always, I apprecciate your reading and commentary. Thanks! -Glen

  • Kim Barney (10/13/2017 8:32:00 PM)


    Great poem, Glen! I have done the same thing more than once. Congrats on having this chosen as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/14/2017 7:09:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kim. This was a poetry anthology, and it's great to find one chock full of good poems as this one was. These days I find good stuff roaming around PH. -Glen

  • Practicing Poetess (10/13/2017 7:36:00 PM)


    How true, how true.
    We poets not only write it, but we peruse it at every opportunity! And its pull is truly magnetic.
    Excellent job of capturing what is so dear to the hearts of most on this site.
    Worthy of being saved to my favourite poems!
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    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/14/2017 7:13:00 AM)

    Wow! Thank you for your strong affirmation. We need good mind-food, and I like poetry for reinforcing the reality of love and beauty in the world. I need it for perspective. -Glen

  • (10/13/2017 7:05:00 PM)


    The pleasure of the read. So many people today just don't get it. But the good news is that there's been a huge resurgence of poetry, esp. succinct poetry. As witnessed by Instagram. Glen, you've beautifully captured the pleasure of reading poetry. And thus, Poem Of The Day. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/14/2017 7:18:00 AM)

    The pleasure of the read and succinct- I like, Richard, I like. On the resurgence of poetry, a Bible passage comes to mind to the effect where iniquity abounds, there will God's grace more abound.
    -Glen

  • (10/13/2017 2:39:00 PM)


    poetry is the cornerstone of who we really are. It speaks what was once unsaid and replaces the everyday, reminding us that words that humans that nature can all be extraordinary. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 4:35:00 PM)

    jette, thank you reading and commenting on my poem. and good to meet you here at ph. from what i've learned poetry is among our oldest literature. if i remember correctly, that's true of the oldest things in the bible. -glen

  • Todd Giberson (10/13/2017 1:51:00 PM)


    Straightforward and concise. I like it. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 4:40:00 PM)

    yes, and i myself am a fan of straightforward and concise—part of the reason i'm fond of haiku and senryu. in, out, done. and, of course, it's a mark of good communication in general to use language efficiently. thank you for your reading and comment, todd.

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/13/2017 11:12:00 AM)


    A great write with such a lucid style.10++
    Congrats for the POD.
    (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 4:44:00 PM)

    thank you, subhas. and nice to meet you here at ph. lucid—i'm glad you found it that way and glad to be reminded of the word—i haven't heard or used it in a long time, but it's certainly a mark of good writing, of good communication. i appreciate you taking the time to comment. -glen

  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/13/2017 10:20:00 AM)


    This is the pleasure of reading, Even you forgot to turn on the key.Very nice.
    'and read… and read…
    till all was in blue shadow
    and the chill insistent
    on my neck
    and shoulders.'..is very nice.
    Congrats.
    (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 4:50:00 PM)

    yes, the detail of getting so involved right away as to not turn the key is one of the most, or the most, important details to illustrate the pull poetry can have. thank you, anil, for reading my poem and your kind comment.
    -glen

  • Michael Hopkins (10/13/2017 8:02:00 AM)


    A good flow of words in you writing. A well writing poem, Glen. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 4:54:00 PM)

    hey, michael! good to meet you here at ph. i'm glad you mentioned flow. sometimes tit comes quickly, and this is a reason, i think, the great haiku master basho advised to compose quickly. in the case of this one, the idea came quickly, but, as i recall, there was some work i had to do on the flow. thank you for your reading and comment. -glen

  • Chinedu Dike (10/13/2017 5:50:00 AM)


    A pleasing write-up, lovely and insightful. Thanks for sharing Glen. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 6:37:00 AM)

    Hey, Chinedu! Good to hear fro you. Thank you for reading my poem and for your positive comments. Hope this finds you well. -Glen

  • Paul Brookes (10/13/2017 3:46:00 AM)


    The Muse alwys grabs us and the time stands still as we absorb her words Great piece (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 6:41:00 AM)

    Hey, Paul! Nice to meet you here at PH. Thank you for reading and bothering to comment. As the familiar saying goes, Time flies when you're having fun. -Glen

  • Tom Allport (10/13/2017 3:27:00 AM)


    a nice thoughtful poem of recreating a pleasurable fact? ..............wonderfully written Glen (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 6:47:00 AM)

    Hi, Tom! Pleasurable indeed. The book, if I remember correctly, was A Book of Luminous Things edited by Cseslaw Milosz (spelling?) , a great poetry anthology with translations in English from poets all over the world and from many centuries. Thanks for reading and commenting. -Glen

  • Bharati Nayak (10/13/2017 3:10:00 AM)


    the book of poetry
    I had on hold

    and took it
    to my car
    and opened it—
    the key unturned
    in my ignition—The feelings of immense joy and your curiosity wonderfully expressed in this poem.
    nice to see your poem selected as Poem of the Day.Congratulations ! ! !
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    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 6:50:00 AM)

    Thanks, Bhararti, for reading and for your affirmation. Good to hear from you. Be very well! -Glen

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/13/2017 12:37:00 AM)


    Glen, I know that feeling.10

    Congratulations on your poem of the day.

    Robert Murray Smith
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    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 7:00:00 AM)

    Cool! Few things are better in writing a poem than succeeding in conveying the feeling. Thank you for your comment. -Glen

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/13/2017 12:37:00 AM)


    Such an awesome write, Glen.... Congrats for being chosen... a full 10+++ (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 7:02:00 AM)

    Thank you, Bernard. And thank you for your strong affirmation. Be well! -Glen

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/13/2017 12:33:00 AM)


    Congratulations! This is nice to see your another poem soon as poem of the day. This is our great pleasure to read your beautiful poem here. The book of poetry you hold is great book of knowledge and feelings. We get happiness, satisfaction and inner peace from poems. Repeatedly reading poetry we discover new realm of creativity. A great idea is shred through this excellently drafted poem....10 (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (10/13/2017 7:11:00 AM)

    Thank you, Kumarmani. I think I'll be adding this to the story section under the poem, but for now see the name of the book in my comment to Tom Allport. It's one of a few of my favorite poetry anthologies. Be blessed!

  • Daniel Brick (6/1/2017 12:13:00 AM)


    This poem is in the LESS IS MORE category and succeeds very well indeed in conveying the experience as if it is ours as well as yours. You don't include any reactions, judgments, opinions in the first two stanzas, just the bare facts of your actions that night. You free us to fill in for ourselves if we are so inclined. But how much depends on two elipses in the third stanza. That's where you signal to us how much this reading has held you enthralled. And you close the poem with two vivid images of the moment itself but no direct statement about the poetry. And yet I know exactly how you feel! ! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (6/1/2017 7:45:00 AM)

    cool, daniel! you read my method expertly and meaning compassionately... a long time ago i decided that in poetry- as with joke-telling- if you have to explain the punch line you've already lost the punch. how much better can one get than this haiku from issa (in translation)

    In this world
    we walk on the roof of hell
    gazing at flowers.

    glen

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (12/18/2016 4:59:00 AM)


    You are very good at capturing a thought or a scene in a few words, Glen. Some like poetry (see Wislawa Szymborska's poem of that title) but most people think it's nonsense. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy Glen Kappy (12/18/2016 8:04:00 AM)

    thank you, laurie. as i mentioned before, the discipline of writing haiku and senryu nurtures brevity and the awareness of what goes on in one's interior that triggers the poem. -glen

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 26, 2016


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