Poem a Day Challenge- 1/4/15

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Poem: “Northern Corn” by Anders Carlson-Wee

Source: Litragger

Favorite Line/Phrase: “He pours/ rye whiskey from a thermos and sips/ the lidless excess of his private noon.”

Reflection: This summer, Andrew Hudgins talked about how dangerous it is to think you know where a poem needs to go.  This poems feels both completely necessary but also like a revelation.  Like there was no way to foresee the conclusion, but also that no other conclusion could be reached.  I wonder how much it surprised the poet.  It is a good reminder to me how satisfying surprises in poetry can be, how narrative and image can live side by side in a line, both pushing a poem forward.

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