Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Poetry Pop-Up: Terence Winch

Romantic Poem                       

I have made an effort to make
poetic language resemble every
day speech. That is what I have
done. I am interested in
the supernatural, though I don't
like being scared. I am also
really focused on the emotions
and on nature. Those elements
are extremely important if
you are trying to write Romantic
poetry, as I am trying to do.

You do know, I hope, that
the world is just a construct,
that we exist only inside our
aging, inebriated minds.
It's pretty depressing and
unfortunate, especially the
way sex too becomes imaginary.

Here in Atlanta, Georgia, we
are busy killing bugs, snakes,
and turtles. We are drinking,
arguing, and singing the state
song, "I'm my own Grandpa."

Eventually we will go to sleep
and thy beauty will seep into
our dreams, and you will be
as naked as a star in a galaxy
floating in a glass of ice water.

Terence Winch

from This Way Out (Hanging Loose Press, 2014)

Terence Winch is the author of eight poetry collections: The Known Universe [forthcoming, fall 2017], This Way Out, Lit from Below, Falling out of Bed in a Room with No Floor, Boy Drinkers, The Drift of  Things, The Great Indoors [Columbia Book Award winner), and Irish Musicians/American Friends [American Book Award winner]. He has also written two story collections, Contenders and That Special Place: New World Irish Stories, which draws on his experiences as a founding member of the original Celtic Thunder, the acclaimed Irish band. His work is included in more than 40 anthologies, among them the Oxford Book of American Poetry, Poetry 180, and 5 editions of  Best American Poetry, and has been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Winch is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in poetry and a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing,  among other honors. 

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