Laura Jan Shore

 
2014
 
 
      Books : Workshops :  Readings
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs . . . ask yourself what makes you alive because what the world needs are people who have come alive." 
 
--Rainier Maria Rilke
Why Poetry?

Sometimes all that’s retained is a gleam,
ruby beads after the accident.

Sometimes it’s the stumbling grope 
of lamentation.

To name can be 
the sole claim.

A basket of language 
gathered for comfort.                         

A waterfall, 
                   it strokes the ear drum,
drenches the heart.

Peculiar utterances,
sweet interruptions.

The urgency to distil a rose 
into perfumed air.

A saffron kite 
launched in a hurricane.

Outside the prison in Leningrad, 
Akhmatova being asked,
Can you describe this?

The smoke of peat
impressed in fresh print.

Quest for precision,
a spur to rejig the puzzle.

The hiss and spit
that fuse humanity.





Why Poetry? won first prize in the 2006  C.J.Dennis “Open Poetry” Literary Award.  It was first published in Famous Reporter 34, Dec. 2006


Why Poetry?


Sometimes all that’s retained is a gleam,

ruby beads after the accident.


Sometimes it’s the stumbling grope

of lamentation.


To name can be

the sole claim.


A basket of language

gathered for comfort.                        


A waterfall,

                it strokes the ear drum,

drenches the heart.


Peculiar utterances,

sweet interruptions.


The urgency to distil a rose

into perfumed air.


A saffron kite

launched in a hurricane.


Outside the prison in Leningrad,

Akhmatova being asked,

Can you describe this?


The smoke of peat

impressed in fresh print.


Quest for precision,

a spur to rejig the puzzle.


The hiss and spit

that fuse humanity.






Why Poetry? won first prize in the 2006  C.J.Dennis “Open Poetry” Literary Award.  It was first published in Famous Reporter 34, Dec. 2006 

as published in Water over Stone, Interactive Press 2011


Laura Jan Shore


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Watch footage from the LAUNCH in Brunswick Heads with guitarist, Mark Heazlett.

Take a look at my latest poem in Griffith Review!


https://griffithreview.com/articles/ghost-figs/