November 7th, 2005

Egrets Reading

The First Annual Stephen Crane Festival of the Short Poem

My son told me he heard a segment about short poetry on NPR today:

It turns out that the Stephen Crane Festival of the Short Poem was held in New York yesterday at the Bowery Poetry Club. Unfortunately, I live on the other side of the country, so I missed out.

Stephen Crane is best known for "The Red Badge of Courage", however he published two collections of short poetry, before dying far too young, like Adelaide Crapsey, from tuberculosis.

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
who, squatting on the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter -- bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

--Stephen Crane (1871-1900)