Last week I heard J. Bruce Fuller read at Cafe Mosaic in the Louisiana Review poetry series. His work is about effortful relationships, particularly between fathers and sons, and about living in nature. Lots of water and fish imagery, which reminded me of Marianne Moore’s poem, in which the sun is “split like spun glass… illuminating the turquoise sea of bodies.” Here is her final stanza:
Repeated evidence has proved that it can live on what can not revive its youth. The sea grows old in it.
Leigh Hunt, a neglected contemporary of Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Shelley, also wrote a fish poem (though he is better known for the short lyric “Jenny Kiss’d Me”). Hunt’s poem is in three parts: the fish speaks first, then a man, then “The Fish Turns Into A Man, And Then Into A Spirit, And Again Speaks.”
How can anyone think poetry is boring? Sometimes challenging, yes, but so what? Think, people, think! enjoy your mind!
For a pleasant outdoor event, “Refreshments: Spring Poetry” is happening outside the LeDoux Library on April 10 at noon. Invited readers, an open mic, refreshments for body and spirit, all in the lovely late spring of southwest Louisiana.