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  • January 14th, 2011 | 10:03 AM
Poetry Friday - Louise Bogan



I had been thinking about Poetry Friday all week, trying to decide what to share but nothing spoke to me until this morning, when I came across this poem by Louise Bogan that made me catch my breath.



Zone
by Louise Bogan

We have struck the regions wherein we are keel or reef.
The wind breaks over us,
And against high sharp angles almost splits into words,
And these are of fear or grief.

Like a ship, we have struck expected latitudes
Of the universe, in March.
Through one short segment’s arch
Of the zodiac’s round
We pass,
Thinking: Now we hear
What we heard last year,
And bear the wind’s rude touch
And its ugly sound
Equally with so much
We have learned how to bear.


“Zone” by Louise Bogan, from Poems and New Poems. Copyright © 1941, 1969, 2005 by Louise Bogan Charitable Trust.


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(Anonymous)
January 16th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes
I can see why that made you catch your breath. The opening lines especially are lovely.
mlyearofreading
January 16th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
What an interesting way to describe the passage of a year!
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