Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027724, Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:49:21 -0400

Re: Birthday: Shovel Poem for VN
I like it. I'll remember this image:

Darling, your eyes reflected
For an instant my face, then nothing, nothing but sky.

Barrie Karp

On Sun, Apr 22, 2018 at 11:26 AM, 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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