Musing on My New Chapbook (2)

From where do these poems come?

The second poem in the chapbook, (serpent, door, eye), grew from a snake-eviction experience one Friday evening, and questions about perception. I marveled at the strength the snake’s body evinced as it wrapped itself around my wrist. What does it see, I wondered. How does it sense? What sequence of events has brought me to this place, now, standing in the grass with a snake in my hands, the sun hovering just over the horizon, cicadas thrumming all around?

And of course the poem rumbled around in my subconscious for months after the incident. What took me back to that time and place? Who can say? Perhaps a flash of light through the oak’s branches, rain dripping from the metal roof, or the fragrance of burning juniper. I never know, but it slid out, somehow, onto the page.

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11 thoughts on “Musing on My New Chapbook (2)

  1. It adds such depth and feels such a privilege to hear these insights – the poem within a poem. This is something I have had a ‘half-poem’ written in my mind for a while now, which I am hoping will slide it’s completion onto a page sometime soon.

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  2. I evicted a rat snake from my living room. Used a broom as the serpent offered objections in the forms of hissing, striking an upright pose like a cobra, and baring fangs. I respect your snake-whisperer approach.

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