Last Saturday I was privileged to see poets Mark Doty and Patricia Smith read at the Mass Poetry Festival that was held in Salem, MA.
Both Doty and Smith are skilled readers. I was particularly pleased when Doty read "House of Beauty." It is a favorite, and I wrote about it back in January 2009 after Doty won the National Book Award for his book Fire to Fire [811.54 DOT].
Doty read several poems from that book on Saturday. One that was particularly musical is "A Display of Mackerel." Doty told us the inspiration for it came at the Stop & Shop fish department in Orleans, MA! See, everyday life IS the stuff of poetry!
They lie in parallel rows,
on ice, head to tail,
each a foot of luminosity
barred with black bands,
which divide the scales’
like seams of lead
in a Tiffany window.
Read or listen to the rest here.
Swim on over to The Drift Record where Julie is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week.
Photo by oceandesetoiles.