Our New Poetry Column, And Film, Art and More…
Language is the primary tool of life. We use to to communicate via speaking, writing and reading. Words, of course, are the tangible building blocks we use to express our ides, thoughts, feelings, desires and more. Words in and of themselves can be terribly fun and curiously powerful and poetry – that unique art form that plays with meaning, phrases, imagery and timing – has been declared the most powerful art form by scholars, authors and everyday folks for centuries.
This American Quarantine is extremely pleased to be bringing you this new (and regular) column to your Quarantine Life. Unpsychology has called poetry “Soul Manifestos,” and The Conversation (focusing on academic rigor and and journalistic flair) has declared poetry as having “the power to inspire change like no other art form.”
It is with those eager intentions that the volunteers have worked to bring you, Dear Reader, this special series – and our other regular features, including film and television analysis and recommendations, literary suggestions and visual art pictorials (photography, painting and more). In this inaugural exploration, we bring you the literary strokes of our friend, author and former Poet Laureate for Knoxville, Tennessee, Marilyn Kallet.
Lines You Can Use
Your eyes are like Talisker Dark Storm, & you look swell in a mask. Your eyes are my rainforest condensed into a tear. Your lips wet the petals of my Eden. You are my apple & my bite. There’s no one I would rather be quarantined with than you. You are my shelter my open sky my eagle My wild life refuge. When you laugh my safe (space) is cracked my walls come tumbling (go) down, Moses.
Come With Me
Language, I beg you, Build me a bridge Between what’s known And the mysteries. From despair To hope. From culture To culture, Past fear. Don’t be the dividing line. Be the connector, Breath, song. Don’t make me wait To cross over from Fear to love. Too easy? Then I Will be The bridge. Help each And all Across. Step lightly. Sing loud. Taste The sound. Breathe. Love, Envision A country Of kindness. Here, Now. Don’t wait 'Til the Other side. Word, Be my Guide. Take my hand.
Marilyn Kallet is the author of poetry collections including, How Our Bodies Learned and The Love That Moves Me, as well as numerous literary and academic publications. She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. You can learn more about Marilyn, her works and writing yourself at her website.