I picked up a collection of poetry at the library this week, Word of Mouth, which is an anthology of work featured on NPR's All Things Considered.
Today I'm sharing something short (and I think sweet) by Russell Edson. Catherine Bowman, the editor of the book, tells us that Edson "thinks of poems as waking dreams, in that each poem is a moment of being fully conscious while tapping into the dream mind" and he believes "the shorter the work the more it can depend on symbol, metaphor and gesture. There is an exacting precision and logic in these waking dreams."
I learned that Edson's poems are almost always short and he writes exclusively in the prose poem form. Best of all for a girl like me? Edson says, "The world is a strange place and it helps to see yourself as a secret agent." I love it! Just ask my husband, "Who is the real secret agent in the house?"
Do you see this poem as sweet? ironic? biting? something else? I love work such as this because I see many layers stacked into one brief moment. (Note: I have a B.A. in English, so this is a fun activity for me.)