Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion: California

I haven’t blogged in a long time–I’ve been in a massive slump–but my Chinese Poetry class just gave us an assignment to write a quatrain. So here’s a poem! I’ve been very inspired by the California golden poppies along the bike trail to campus, and on Friday we read Sylvia Plath’s “Poppies in October” in my Contemporary American Poetry class.   

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Looking at these pockets of spring gold like glint

In the eye of a miner burning miles from Canton,

I don’t remember that other poppies blow red across fields

Or the smoke that brought a five-thousand-year-old empire to its knees.

 

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