Muse by Craig Ranapia

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Muse: On First Looking into Elizabeth Smither's The Commonplace Book (After Elizabeth Bishop)

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  • Craig Ranapia,


    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    fie !
    Or kill ?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Elizabeths 2 in honour of Elizabeth II,
    A nominal
    B'day rather than D-day?

    C between, the Question?
    Oblique link
    Perversely to 9-line mass, not
    E-matching triplets.

    So many goodly states and kingdoms seen
    in Denmark/Copenhagen in the cycling thread,
    I was tempted yesterday to post a poem as if commenting thereon,
    but it doesn't really, and belongs better here, couched beside the sea.
    From that lesser known Michael Jackson, expatriate NZer –
    rather too much of the South Island myth, and I feel comfortable in the wilderness, but still, I like it much –

    Living Abroad

    We exiles miss its landscapes most.
    1° in Copenhagen and I count the cost
    of having no hills to walk on
    or an ironsand beach, that mystery
    of the physical – four elements
    rather than ruins or runic stones –
    but would not want its emptiness again,
    that unflagging sense that one is not oneself
    with wilderness, and needs the depths
    of history to fathom where one stands
    and still may go.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

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