Poet's Corner — December
We await, like eager children, the snow and ice that creates a wonderland of stark chill beauty, in all its quiet sheen.
beyond the ice warehouse
daylight barely touches the windows
at pond zero, he stands
willing to make the sacrifice
ice fishing: winter pastime
1930’s poker-faced perch decoy
shape shifter, wave maker
offshore from Harriman Hollow
created by a downriver dam
stained by tiny ice shanties
that hover over tiny holes
connected to fish
divorced from humanity
provisions: protein bars & energy drinks
he recalls the sound of black pond
ice cracking during a February thaw
it was a foreign tongue - the word
so short & loud, so bittersweet
like buried secrets re-born in the
darkest night reverberate
picture-postcard perfect from faraway
he never strays from purpose
braves single-digit temperatures
to wrestle the truth to the surface
We've had a robust year of Belfast poetics, and look forward to more in 2014. There will be a Poetry/Spoken Word Gala as part of First Night, watch for the details as First Night schedules are announced. Join us for a fine party celebrating the role poetry fulfills in Belfast with music, movement, and verbose joviality.
Poets Corner is curated by Ellen Sander, the Poet Laureate of Belfast, and open to submissions. Send submissions in the body of an email — not an attachment — to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to use that email address to communicate any questions, requests, suggestions or issues about poetry in Belfast. Poet Laureate office hours are Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in the Belfast Free Library third floor conference room. There will be no office hours on Dec. 24 and 31 due to the holidays, and on Jan. 7, which will be Po-Lau's 70th birthday.
The next Poetry/Spoken Word Jam, an open reading at Bell the Cat in Belfast, is Friday Jan. 17. Signup to read is at 6:30 p.m. and the readings start at 7 p.m. Poets and poetry lovers of all ages and stripes, spoken word artists and performance poets and teams are welcome to come and deliver theirs or others' works.