Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Good Morning!!



Joan sends this poem as an example of what this week at Napa may have been about.

Claudia Rankine says to always assume your audience is smarter than you are when you write, or at least smarter than you suspect.  I love how Lawrence Ferlinghetti uses the double meaning of performing "above the heads of his audience."

Enjoy!!



Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap
And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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