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6/26/2021 2 Comments
To Follow Undisciplined Ink or Having Many Things to Carry, by Sarah Dickenson Snyder
Think of all the things to save:
those sheets of shirt cardboard,
the Rabbit, rabbits I say aloud
to no one on the first day
of every month, the embroidered fabric
I found in the night market of Chiang Mai,
pens with thin nibs, what my mind finds
like a planet devoted to spinning,
that miniature metal sculpture of a woman
riding a bicycle the black flap of her dress
curled from imagined wind in Vietnam,
pockets of letters, the tile from Istanbul
symmetrical and filled with hues of blues
like my daughter’s eyes & her voice in the dark
at four-years-old, I don’t want to die
alone, and the fact that each kernel
of corn is attached to a thread of silk
under the husk. Maybe the end
will be like diving into a channel
with a shore on the other side
that we don’t know is reachable.
Maybe we’ll carry what we’ve saved
as we fall into water or become water
falling or at least feel touched
by its weight, its glistening,
that last breath unribbed.
Sarah Dickenson Snyder has written poetry since she knew there was a form with conscious line breaks. She has three poetry collections, The Human Contract (2017), Notes from a Nomad (nominated for the Massachusetts Book Awards 2018), and With a Polaroid Camera (2019). Recently, poems appeared in Rattle, Lily Poetry Review, and RHINO. She has been a 30/30 poet for Tupelo Press, nominated for Best of Net, the Poetry Prize Winner of Art on the Trails 2020, and a 2021 Finalist and Semi-Finalist in the Iron Horse Literary Review’s National Poetry Month contest. She lives in the hills of Vermont. sarahdickensonsnyder.com
6/27/2021 12:33:07 pm
Stunning. I love how Sarah combines crisp images with big questions and memorable words like “unribbed.” Such a skilled and wise poet.
6/27/2021 12:46:18 pm
Thank you for these kind words, Kirsten!
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