October 18, 2013

First Poetry Friday: "Sharks' Teeth"

Teaching Creative Writing in an endlessly inspiring task. Pushing my students out of their comfort zones, and asking them to look closely at poetry to figure out how it ticks, gives me the opportunity to discover new poems and poets that I come to love.

In the past few months, I've LOVED having the opportunity to sink back into poetry and share my passion for it with my students. So now, I'm going to share some of those poems with you.

Welcome to Poetry Fridays.

I discovered Kay Ryan's award-winning book while browsing idly in Northshire Bookstore. I picked it up because I loved the cover. I bought it because I kept snapping photos of every page, entranced by the beauty in her spare language and wonderfully crafted rhythms.

"Sharks' Teeth"
by Kay Ryan

Everything contains some 
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the
small shark's-tooth
shaped fragments
of rest angled
in it. An hour 
of city holds maybe 
a minute of these 
remnants of a time 
when silence reigned, 
compact and dangerous 
as a shark. Sometimes 
a bit of a tail 
or fin can still 
be sensed in parks.

Source: Poetry (April 2004).

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