i think i saw Emily's Coursers the other night

i think i saw Emily's Coursers the other night

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

i think i saw Emily's Coursers the other night

 

 

i saw some poems skinny dipping

on a lake of stone dry dialect

 

unabashed

they frolicked 

in sync

 

irrational behavior

suicidal endeavor

happy deaths by moonlight

bodies glistening with garrulous

gait

more like iambic horses

galloping

 

naked cheers for lines in arrears

owing a muse, watching silently

 

until all the poems

suddenly stopped

and dressed silently

seriously

 

looking for another verse

to dive into...  

 

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

5/19/2020

© 2020 jacob erin-cilberto


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I think more than a few people will be dusting off her books and dipping into them once more after reading your words Jacob. I think that when a poet writes of writers, it lets you know more about the poet than the writer being written of. I always enjoy these glimpses of the poets inspiration.


Posted 5 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Days Ago

most of what I write comes from the influences...the Beats, Emily...most of the writers on the Cafe... read more
I have to admit I don`t know her work, but after reading your poem I look forward to reading her work, as I equally enjoyed your poem, your poems evokes a Plathian despair, love the way you bind this together into an almost photographic or cinematographic context, fine poem.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

the poet in you will love her work, I am sure...
thank you for your kind words, Leslie,
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Emily, she was quite the woman, quite the poet wasn't she Jacob... I think your poem treats her with great warmth, and she deserves this and much more.... I have a book of her poems and you have invited me to once again go "skinny dipping" into it... this is a book whose pages are worn but which still has that "iambic horses galloping" feel to it when I open it....

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

enjoy skinny dipping, Curt...she is the best.
j.
I love this. I'm only just dipping into Emily but this poem speaks to me. Undressing, or dressing as need be to show the world who the poet is, or is not, with their words.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you, Ana,
she is worth dipping into for sure.
j.
That is the way with poems, I think. They come out to dip a toe in water, to test for temperature, then if they find the night air warm enough, they strip down to syllables and take the plunge. When they realize that they have been seen they turn away to dress themselves in serious thoughts ... but leave giggling as they begin a new search.

Sorry, I thought it said "i think i saw Emily's corset the other night" ... my bad. ;>}



Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your most metaphoric reply, Ted.
j.
Loving this Jacob
So entertaining and love the metaphors

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you, Julie,
j.
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Haha - this is good. Entertaining and also serious. I like the word play I see and the personification of poetry very much. Like this ->"...poems suddenly stopped/and dressed silently/seriously/looking for another verse/to dive into..." (now i'm having a lot of trouble getting what i write to stay) so what I think is, were you referring to Dickinson? She also gave small things deeper meaning and personality. I like this very much. It's light on its feet. Thanks for sharing!

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

yes, the reference is to Dickinson and her poem "no frigate like a book"---
I love Emily and .. read more
I liked the poem. The language and the honest tones and truth of the words. Perfect.
"i saw some poems skinny dipping
on a lake of stone dry dialect"
The above lines stuck with me. Thank you Jacob for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your words, Coyote,
j.
Just going to post this as a review because I find it relevant to your offering, which I enjoyed.
"There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –" Emily Dickinson 1873

Posted 1 Week Ago


Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

I like Dickinson a great deal. I have a book of her poetry I was reading this morning. I have one of.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Oops, forgot the link. Here. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1050956.Mary_Isabelle_O_Sullivan
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Will check out the link, and no, perfect that you included the poem in your reply.
j.

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jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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