Linking to a Beautiful Poem by J.S. Lee

I read a lot of beautiful and arresting poems every day, but rarely feel called to reblog any poems but my own here at Bard of Liminga.

Here is a dazzling poem by Richmond, Virginia poet Joanna Lee, published over the weekend at Rattle in response to the Paris attacks, but set in the heavy atmosphere of a dark night in east Richmond. The theme, our common humanity versus the isolating darkness, and the way we feel others’ loss and fear, resonates. Listen to the coarse texture of old Anglo-Saxon words like scrabbling, grumble, guttering, trundling, all those short U sounds, the way they thrum from ear to chest, a deep feeling, and the scratching interplay of consonants in the back of the throat.


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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2 Responses to Linking to a Beautiful Poem by J.S. Lee

  1. CJ says:

    Thank you sharing this beautiful poem from another Virginian. I live about 90 minutes away from Richmond. It’s horrible that this violence happens but poetry or music or some kind of artistic expression is really the best way for individuals to respond. I love the Rattle “Poets Respond” project.

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