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Sunday, October 4, 2015

A poem is portable.

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"A poem is portable.  
You can carry it around with you 
in your head for days 
while you work on it in secret."

~ Maxine Kumin,
 in The Place My Words are Looking For

When I first read this quote years ago, I pictured someone walking around with a small suitcase (or maybe a fancy bag like the one above) filled with slips of scrawled-on paper -- poems just waiting to be finished. The image makes me smile. I know that I have often carried poems I'm working on around in my head. Have you?

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