Celebrate National Poetry Month
by Jane Hirshfield
She is working now, in a room
not unlike this one,
the one where I write, or you read.
Her table is covered with paper.
The light of the lamp would be
tempered by a shade, where the bulb's
single harshness might dissolve,
but it is not; she has taken it off.
Her poems? I will never know them,
though they are the ones I most need.
Even the alphabet she writes in
I cannot decipher. Her chair --
let us imagine whether it is leather
or canvas, vinyl or wicker. Let her
have a chair, her shadeless lamp,
the table. Let one or two she loves
be in the next room. Let the door
be closed, the sleeping ones healthy.
Let her have time, and silence,
enough paper to make mistakes and go on.
Join us for a number of events celebrating National Poetry Month. The Celebration will culminate in the visit of celebrated poet, Jane Hirshfield, on April 30th. Please mark your calendar for her reading, scheduled for 7p.m. in the MCC theater.
--Patrick Callan, Kathy O’Shea, and Ann Tippett,
Poetry Month Committee, English/Philosophy Department