At times, we’re visited by things whose paths were once invisible to us. Soft, hazy ghosts we tend to dismiss or ignore. Yet, there are days when these ghosts demand our attention with keen edges, the kind that scratch and nick. In Rae Armantrout’s poem, Unbidden, she hearkens to the unspoken and the things invisible.
The ghosts swarm.
They speak as one
loves you. Each
has left something
Did the palo verde
all at once?
are so sharp
they might cut
anything that moved.
The way a lost
will come back
You’re not interested
in it now,
where it’s been.
Try It: Invisible Ghosts Poetry
Listen to the ghosts’ stories. It is time. Let them tell you where they’ve been—in the glimmer and in the shadow. Write a poem in which the ghosts of your past (or a single ghost unrelated to you) tells you their, or its story.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Monica we enjoyed:
Photo by Donnie Ray Jones. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland