Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Poem About Poetry

Richard Howard, who reads Friday 7/20 in Saratoga, explores form in poetry in the form of a poem in the much-cited title poem of his 1994 collection, Like Most Revelations.
Like Most Revelations
by Richard Howard
(after Morris Louis)

It is the movement that incites the form,
discovered as a downward rapture--yes,
it is the movement that delights the form,
sustained by its own velocity.  And yet

it is the movement that delays the form
while darkness slows and encumbers; in fact
it is the movement that betrays the form,
baffled in such toils of ease, until

it is the movement that deceives the form, 
beguiling our attention--we supposed
it is the movement that achieves the form.
Were we mistaken?  What does it matter if

it is the movement that negates the form?
Even though we give (give up) ourselves
to this mortal process of continuing,
it is the movement that creates the form.

Howard, who formerly served as New York State Poet under the aegis of the Writers Institute, shares the stage with major contemporary short story writer Amy Hempel, on Friday, July 20th, 8PM, Davis Audiorium, Palamountain Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga. Free.
All events in the series are free and open to the general public.