March 28th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Separate Destinations

On March 19th, I met Kendall Evans in person for the first time at the Japanese Garden haiku reading. There he gave me a copy of Separate Destinations, his chapbook of poetry collaborations with David C. Kopaska-Merkel, illustrated by Angela Mark, with an introduction by time_shark. Kendall will be reading with me at Monday Night Poetry on April 24th.

One of my favorite poems in the issue is “Immortal’s Lament,” which is more formal than others in the collection, with the rhythm and flow of a song. It’s seven stanzas of seven lines, with rhymed 3rd & 5th lines, each 7th line ending with the word, “living.” It skillfully describes the pathos of an immortal having outlived life on earth in an orbital capsule. It’s one of those kinds of poems that you keep reading aloud again and again just to hear the sound of it. I’d actually love to sing this one if someone would write some music for it.

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