Bill Yarrow’s Comments
Purveyors of Leeches
This poem comes from a reading of Wordsworths Resolution and Independence and a remembrance of Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Is there a pun in the last line? Some readers think so.
He Spreadeth Sharp Things Upon the Mire
The title comes from Job. So do the last two lines, though the last line inverts face and garment.
Departure: Arrival: Return
Allusions to Peter, Paul, and Mary; Paul Simon; Mike Figgis; John Milton.
The Thalia (mentioned in Departure: Arrival: Return) is best known for showing art house movies and classic film revivals for decades. One might even say it was archetypal of the Upper West Side experience, immortalized in the movie Annie Hall.The Bowery Boys: New York City History.
© Matt Weber, 1986
The sun is resting / on the hill like the final drop / of Thomas Hardys blood
cf. The sun was resting on the hill like a drop of blood on an eyelid
from chapter 35 of The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.
Like rusting sumac to the staghorn / aphid
Aphids on Sumac
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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 45 | Spring 2015