Guest poem submitted by Todd:
(Poem #523) Naming the Stars
This present tragedy will eventually turn into myth, and in the mist of that later telling the bell tolling now will be a symbol, or, at least, a sign of something long since lost. This will be another one of those loose changes, the rearrangement of hearts, just parts of old lives patched together, gathered into a dim constellation, small consolation. Look, we will say, you can almost see the outline there: her fingertips touching his, the faint fusion of two bodies breaking into light.
Here is a poem I read on _Poetry Daily_ (www.poems.com) not long ago. I know nothing about the author, except that her poem was published first in the July 2000 issue of _Poetry_ (i.e., before its appearance on _Poetry Daily_). I like the way the poet has managed to link words together in a way that is suggestive of the linkage of stars in a constellation. When we look at a constellation we "can almost see/the outline there." That is, we make the connections between one star and another -- with our memories and imaginations -- and find the image that is latent in the pattern. There is a "faint fusion" that results in a kind of revelation -- a revelation that perhaps comes from some deep place within ourselves. The poet accomplishes this through a skillful use of internal rhyme, assonance and alliteration. To cite one line, "a sign of something long since lost" is beautifully rendered; to my ear it is the perfect expression of the poet's idea. When we look at the stars and discern the outline of mythical figures we trace the dim shape of human history, made up of countless "parts of old lives/patched together." Todd.