Other elbows

Other elbows or triangles or rummy cards (assonance and consonance shared in at least a trio of words or syllables) in Lowell’s “Eye and Tooth”: saw things darkly flinch / at the flash of the matchlight a simmer of rot and renewal in pinpricks tooth / noosed in a knot to the doorknob rot on… Continue reading Other elbows

I’ll never memorize

I’ll never memorize Robert Lowell’s “Eye and Tooth.”  I’ve tried for several hours.  I think it’s because the poem is held together by sound.  My memory, however, wants a rhetorical progression.  But I could play cards with the poem. Closer to an empty nest, Victoria and I have taken again to rummy after fifteen years… Continue reading I’ll never memorize