Poetry Friday: Rachel Contreni Flynn

Today’s Poetry Friday roundup can be found at :http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/poetry-friday-roundup-starry-beach/
 One of my favorite places to find poetry and new ways to think about and teach poetry is The New York Times’ “Poetry Pairings” section.  Recently, this site began featuring poems from American Life in Poetry , 
a poetry project that:  “is a free weekly column for newspapers and online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by Ted Kooser. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry, and we believe we can add value for newspaper and online readers by doing so.”  Ted Kooser was the 2004-2006 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and he writes this column on a weekly basis. 
     Among my “finds” is this gorgeous poem by Rachel Contreni Flynn, a contemporary poet who lives in Illinois.  This is one to read over many times just to savor all the sensory “noticings”

The Yellow Bowl

If light pours like water
into the kitchen where I sway
with my tired children,
if the rug beneath us
is woven with tough flowers,
and the yellow bowl on the table
rests with the sweet heft
of fruit, the sun-warmed plums,
if my body curves over the babies,
and if I am singing,
then loneliness has lost its shape,
and this quiet is only quiet.

Rachel Contreni Flynn


2 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Rachel Contreni Flynn

  1. Just beautiful thoughts, the 'ifs'. You are right; I read it several times and will return. Such a picture it paints of a mother taking care. Thank you for telling about the column, too.

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