NABOKV-L post 0027726, Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:51:30 +0000

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Re: Birthday: Shovel Poem for VN
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He borrowed line 4 of Shade's Pale Fire.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 10:10 AM frances assa <franassa@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Mathew,
> Help me out here: what is the line you borrowed?
> Happy VN birthday.
> Fran
>
>
> On April 22, 2018, at 12:16, "Roth, Matthew" <mroth@MESSIAH.EDU> wrote:
>
> For VN’s birthday this year, I thought I would try a new poetic form
> created by Terrance Hayes called a shovel poem. The idea is to take a line
> from another poet’s poem and use each word as successive end words to each
> line of a new poem, so you can read the original line by reading down the
> right margin. My poem borrows a line from John Shade which, alas, might be
> more appropriate to a death day poem.
>
> Nabokov Dying
>
> By lamplight of a febrile dream, I
> Saw the house in Ithaca where we lived
> In fifty-seven. We sat out on
> The unmown lawn at night. Moths flew
> Between white moons of dandelions. And on
> Your blouse you pinned a firefly and in
> Your hair a dark Vanessa closed the
> Book of its wings. Darling, your eyes reflected
> For an instant my face, then nothing, nothing but sky.
>
> Matt Roth
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