Recipe For a Good Poemby Elisha Porat
A recipe for a good poem . . .
Take one painful childhood memory,
Coat it with the thin, green patina
Of all your years and all your words,
Then take out one sharp pencil,
To peel this memory and carve it
With strength -- like you’d use a scalpel --
Until you meet the fresh muscle of life.
translated from the Hebrew by the author and Ward Kelley
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