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Imitation after Mark Doty
Monday November 28th 2005, 12:49 am
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Hey everyone. I’m really excited to be part of this website, so I’m just going to jump right in with some stuff I’ve been thinking about lately. I’ll start things off with some poetry:

Skin Deep

after Mark Doty’s “A Green Crab’s Shell”

Like the hollowed space
Inside a used, red candle
–only softer, she revealed
Liquid beads that clung
To a new surface
Like water on wax paper

She, a former poem,
Lay prostrate
Pulling layers of used skin
Back like she was a pomegranate
Sliced on its side

I looked her in the eyes
And with a shaky hand
Reached out to slip a finger inside
The wound
Half expecting the warm resistance
Of some dying organ

When she smiled back
I knew it was because
The touch of my hand
Painfully tickled
The new skin beneath
–Like sand paper
Brushed against glass

I’ve only recently discovered Mark Doty’s poetry. His words create such lucid pictures. Usually this type of writing wallows too much in it’s own imagistic indulgences. Doty’s poetry uses imagery to work toward a greater concept. He instigates thought. This is what writing should do. I chose to imitate this poem in particular because I think he is exceptionally successful at using imagery to set the context of a greater meaning: Inward beauty. Consolation in knowing that we all hold great things within us. This poem can be read in its entirety at The Academy of American Poets website, here: http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15633

I could go on and on about Doty and his work, but I’ll save that for another entry, and potentially another imitation.

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that’s great stuff. i’m so consumed with the older more traditional poetry, that’s it’s always great to be introduced to new voices. thanks

Comment by hyperlexic 11.28.05 @ 10:56 pm

welcome man – this is great stuff – i will send out a welcome email for folks to know you are joining the crew. this is great work and it is welcome here. keep it up!! and thanks for diving into DS so fearlessly.

Comment by andrei hedstrom 12.05.05 @ 9:51 am

Welcome Nooget–it’s good to have a new DS Blogger who is interested in poetry–which at times, seems wholly necessary to engage the heart and soul, to make change and revolutionary thought possible.

Comment by tao 12.05.05 @ 7:54 pm

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