Poetry tag continues with Aimee Nezhukumatathil tagging her friend, poet Matthea Harvey who shares this connection, “I am being a very literal tagger--from Aimee's parrot to mine. Here the human and the parrot are feeling a little less hopeful, but they are certainly the best of friends!” Here is Matthea's "parrot" poem:
Our Square of Lawn
by Matthea Harvey
From the parrot's perch
the view is always Hello.
We try not to greet one
another. When the boys come
after school I shout
you are not cameras
at them & they run away.
Fact will muzzle anything.
I look at myself in
a spoon & I am just
a head. Never learned
how to make ringlets.
The trees are covered
with tiny dead bouquets.
The ducks have been eating
grass with chemicals on it,
ignoring the signs. At night
from our glass-fronted box
we watch them glow.
It is the closest we come
Copyright Matthea Harvey 2010
Five fun facts about Matthea Harvey
*her book Modern Life was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book
*her first children’s book is The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel
*she is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB.
*she teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College
*she lives in Brooklyn, New York
Look for these selected poetry books by Harvey:
*Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004)
*Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000).
*Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007)
*The Little General and the Giant Snowflake (Tin House Books, forthcoming)
Next up: Helen Frost
Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.
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