Sunday, August 23, 2015

A second half summary using common themes of groups of three poems ( which is the pattern I started in my first bog ) will round out my study of Ms. Gluck's poetry book, "Faithful and Virtuous Night" The first three ( poems 13,14, & 15) deal with situations involving professions in the arts, such as; an artist, a musician, and a writer. Also, outside agents produce change. In the poem "Sword In the Stone", it is the medicine and the therapist's watchfulness; in "Forbidden Music" it's the actual performance of the forbidden music and in "The Open Window" it's the wind itself.

 Poems 16, 17, & 18 have a lack of physical movement as a common theme, while the next group
( poems 19, 20, & 21 ) deals with approaching death. Finally, there is a sense of being alone in the last three poems 22, 23, & 24. I particularly liked the poetic description found in the last poem, "The Couple in the Park":..... her heart springs open like a child's music box. And out of the box comes a little ballerina made of wood.

As I said in my previous blog, the second half of this book is for me "the dark side of the moon". My least favorite poems are "The Melancholy Assistant", A Foreshortened Journey" and :Approach to the Horizon" since these deal with a lack of physical movement. I feel being positively connected to our world and being "pro active" is essential to good health.

On the other hand, the most favorite poem for me is: "The Past" because Ms. Gluck uses unusual details to describe being in a hammock and the poem also appeals to the senses which is one of the things I like to do in poetry.
 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thoughtful groups of words

Greetings all,
As I am getting used to Gluck's structure of poetry, I am finding some of the poet's lines quite fetching and so descriptive:
"Parable" starts out with a good first line:
"First divesting ourselves of worldly goods, as St. Francis teaches,..."
"...pilgrims rather than wanderers" offers such a distinction of meaning. This phrase hits home because I am planning to walk the "camino" in Spain next year.

"An Adventure" cleverness of numbering the paragraphs. Simple but intriguing.
Humorous to me was: "Neigh,neigh, said my heart, or perhaps nay, nay- it was hard to know" adds on such a wonderful storytelling feature.

I enjoy the minute detail of "the smell of a white pine" in The Past, which prompted me to read about the White Pine. Maybe the "smell" is not so minute.
http://www.windbreaktrees.com/whitepine.html
I am working on a piece on Birch trees.The senses derive from  intricacies of  nature and our attachment to.
As the poet compares her mother's voice with the sound of White Pines, or simply trees...a negative characteristic? Love the question at the end; to leave the reader in a quandary.

I am still reading "Faithful and Virtuous Night" over and over. Um. I have a long ways to go with this piece. Meanwhile:
A clever beginning with a word play.
"a sound of buzzing like the sound of prayers", "striped pyjamas", "Restless, are you restless?" (equal)  less is more!
"... like a lighthouse whose one task is to emit a signal"
An ominous sign in stanza 8?
Gosh, how I remember those aweful Dick and Jane readers. Gluck nailed the memory.
Lovely description: "How deep it goes, this soul, like a child in a department storie, seeking its mother-". Loved it!
To be continued...



Sunday, August 9, 2015

In these poems,the younger brother's pain resulting from his parent's early death can be seen. In "Cornwall" an abyss is shaped like the tree that confronted his parents and, in "Afterword", it is a crisis of vision corresponding to the tree that confronted his parents. "Midnight" highlights the results of the parents' death with the line "you boys are spent....as though our whole childhood had an exhausted quality". A beautiful poetic description in "Midnight" is: "Below, the river sparkled. As I said, everything glittered - the stars, the bridge lights, the important illuminated buildings that seem to stop at the river then resume again, man's work interrupted by nature."

In my first blog I said I was interested in words which are repeated in the book. One such word is glittered ( or glittering ). In one sense this refers to small pieces of highly reflective material. However in another,this refers to actions which could manifest a certain results, if the action is taken. For example, in the poem "A Sharply Worded Silence"  there is a glittering door knob the person in the garden would stare at (after her wanderings) contrasted with the poet's assumption that at some point, there would be a glittering door knob (for her ).

"Glittering" refers to landscapes, too. This helps the reader notice not only the effects, but the varied associations that affect the reader as well.

This marks the halfway point in Ms. Gluck's book. this half could be compared to the full moon,  while for me, the second half of the book represents the dark side of the moon.