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Tuesday, 23 April 2019


In this poem, proper sentence
structure will be followed.

For example, sentences will start
with a capital letter and end

with an appropriate punctuation mark.

Sentences will be grammatically precise.

Some will likely say that following 
such rigid rules

will detract from the poem’s poetic quality
but I’m not sure I can agree.

I’m also not sure real poems require words

I italicize for emphasis.

For example, is an image held in the mind
 of crying children, of thousands

of immigrant children separated
from their families at the border,

never to be reunited, poetic?

Is the image symbolic and evokes
strong emotions? Is it repetitive
and sick at heart?

Is the precision of language
of one’s internal dialogue
describing the image 
what make it poetic or not?

Can a number be a poem
or at least poetic?

Such as the title of this poem?

I will never think of “45” in the same way again.

© Gil Hoy

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Gil Hoy

Gil is a Boston poet and trial lawyer who is studying poetry at Boston University through its Evergreen program. Hoy received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as a Brookline, Massachusetts Selectman for four terms. Hoy’s poetry has appeared, most recently, in Ariel Chart, The Penmen Review, Right Hand Pointing/One Sentence Poems, The New Verse News and Clark Street Review.

1 comment:

  1. I like poems with numbers for titles and poems which frame the process of writing. But I had to riposte, of course. Here's '46'

    everything trumps
    in the stupidity game
    even numbers
    as I write
    disjointed phrases
    lost in the white space
    like refugees
    immigrant children
    divided families
    in disorder
    too loosely
    for this
    poem in pieces
    its title
    its number
    forty-six words