Friday, November 22, 2013

passing the poetime

Last night a little party convened here in Boston.  At the table were Mary Lee Hahn of A Year of Reading, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, Laura Purdie Salas, Carrie Finison of Story Patch, and Janet Fagal.  Later we had visits from Franki Sibberson, Tara Smith of A Teaching Life and Linda Baie of TeacherDance. The conversation was both broad and delightedly poetricentric.

One thing that came up was Amy's inability to keep a watch running, and her tendency to interfere with other technology.  We laughed about the strangeness of that phenomenon and remarked how (as Daisy would say) "that's a thing"--we all had heard of people who have those sort of troubles with cell phones and alarm clocks and streetlights.

This morning I went and read about EMFs--electromagnetic fields--and about our own bioelectromagnetism.  I found my way to a fascinating discussion with the flavor of quackery which I nonetheless found to be a compelling argument for increasing animal dis-ease, including our own human panoply of illnesses.  This is an area also where science intersects with earthcentric spirituality: read here for more views of our human "energy body."

But for now, all we need to know is that some people have a problem with

Killing Time

I plug it in but
nothing happens.
Lights dim and die
when I pass by.

I press the button;
nothing happens.
Clocks stop and sigh
when I pass by.

I wind my watch;
replace the batteries.
Again they die.
I don't know why.

I specialize
in killing time.

HM 2013 draft

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  1. I wish I could have been there last night!

    There is much that we don't understand about the human body, which is only fodder for more poetry! Poets help uncover the mystery.

  2. Love the poem -- and your discussion about this strange phenomenon. Sounds like all had a good time killing time together, though . . .

  3. HA! That's so Amy. Love the poem and love the group you were with. Sigh.

  4. How awesome-- your gathering (like Diane, I wish I was there!), your fun discussion, and your creativity spawned from the whole delightful mess.

  5. Oh you lucky, lucky duck. I can almost taste the excitement.
    I wish I was there with you to collect all that energy.

    I was thinking just this morning about working with children to help them claim words as their own, to collect words as tools they'll need for their own poetry--to create their own worlds.
    Enjoy your paranormal experiences.

  6. Fun to have Daisy chime in! Yes, I know of people who have trouble with watches and streetlights, too. Your poem is excellent and not "draft-y" at all.

  7. Oh, I'm so envious of all of you gathered in Boston. Will you be hearing Joyce Sidman read at the NCTE conference? What fun.

    Your Killing Time poem is a hoot, Heidi. I think I have an energy field, too - it doesn't affect clocks, but it makes traffic lights turn red in front of me. It also makes cows nervous when I walk anywhere near them. There are some mysteries that can't be explained! :-)

  8. It was a great time! And so happy you made a poem out of Amy's great story! So lovely to be surrounded by poetry friends.
    Janet F.

  9. So jealous of your time in Boston with all my virtual friends! I'd love to one day meet you all in person talk poetic. Your poem is clever. My students will enjoy the double meaning.

  10. I love it. I love the defeated and accepting tone and of course your use of "killing time." What a great group to kill time with.

  11. How fun for all of you! Love the poem!


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