Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 35,170 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

  • (4/19/2018 10:41:00 AM)


    Wow! I love the simplicity and beauty of this poem. Yes, I too get caught in the web of poetry. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/19/2018 5:28:00 PM)

    cool! thank you for commenting, luz. i don't think i've seen your name before, so, nice to meet you here at ph. and nice here to have conversation about poetry with other people who care about it.
    be blessed! -glen

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  • Denis Mair (4/5/2018 8:30:00 PM)


    Three anthologies come to mind right away. I wonder if your poem is about one of them?
    RATTLE BAG, edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
    STAYING ALIVE, edited by Neal Astley
    THE ECCO ANTHOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY edited by Ilya Kaminsky.
    The anthology of Los Angeles poets edited by Suzanne Lummis is also a favorite.
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  • (4/5/2018 7:45:00 PM)


    Three anthologies come to mind right away. I wonder if your poem is about one of them?
    RATTLE BAG, edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
    STAYING ALIVE, edited by Neal Astley
    THE ECCO ANTHOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY edited by Ilya Kaminsky.
    The anthology of Los Angeles poets edited by Suzanne Lummis is also a favorite.
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    (4/6/2018 6:50:00 AM)

    hey, denis! it's not one of those, but i'm glad to have them mentioned; it gives me others to check out; i'm a fan of anthologies; nice to have others cherry-pick the best stuff. the one in the poem is a book of luminous things edited by czeslaw milosz. thanks for commenting. -glen

  • Kim Barney (3/21/2018 8:27:00 AM)


    Such a great poem! I have commented on it a couple of times before, but I just had to come back and read it again! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/21/2018 6:44:00 PM)

    and thanks again, kim. i'm fond of poetry anthologies (i'm more than a little bit impatient in wanting to get to the good stuff) , and this one, a book of luminous things, is one of my favorites. i have others, and i was starting to list them, but if you're interested, send me a message, and i'll give the titles. i'm wondering if you might already know them. -glen

  • Rini Jerry (2/17/2018 8:46:00 AM)


    Only a poet can enjoy the creation of a poet and read their mind..Wonderful poem Glen (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (2/17/2018 5:49:00 PM)

    hey, rini! thanks for reading this poem and commenting. we hope, don't we, that perhaps non-poet folk will read and enjoy as well? i do think, though, that those of us who write it can better appreciate it. -glen

  • Kim Barney (1/11/2018 7:35:00 PM)


    I know exactly how you feel. I have done the same thing myself.
    Well-expressed, Glen!
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    Glen Kappy (1/12/2018 7:29:00 AM)

    Thanks, Kim! Those of us who delight in poetry or any type of writing can relate to being caught up in it. -Glen

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/3/2017 11:05:00 AM)


    Wow! Wonderful!
    It is the real you, Glen.
    Once you see a readable book, you can sit and read it, oblivious to the world around you.
    i agree, there is no greater friend than a lovely book. Poetry is mesmerising!
    I can visualise you, sitting in the car and reading a book, forgetting to start your car for a drive.
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    Glen Kappy (12/4/2017 7:50:00 AM)

    Hi, Geeta! Thank you for the warm and affirming comments. I’ve been in a particularly busy time; this is a good reminder to see what you’ve been up to in your writing. Blessings! -Glen

  • (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 (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

  • 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
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    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.
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    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 (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 (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 (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 (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

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 26, 2016


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