practicing poetry

Last term, I took a course at Trinity Lutheran Seminary called Rhetorics and Poetics for Preaching. We read (parts of) a book by Steve Kowitt entitled In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop (Gardiner: Tilbury House, 2007), with the tagline, “A lively and illuminating guide for the practicing poet.”

Kowitt describes a form of poetry in which the traditional Japanese haiku is transformed into an American sentence poem of seventeen syllables, with or without the line breaks, citing Kerouac and Ginsberg as practitioners of the form (p. 74).

All of this, of course, is a very long introduction to a very short “poem.”

The opaque glass door turned suddenly transparent as he stumbled through.

or, to put it another way:

The opaque glass door

turned suddenly transparent

as he stumbled through

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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