Teacher spotlight: Susanne Barrett
Yesterday we highlighted a student’s fragment poem based on a Daily Writing Tip and the building game, Minecraft. One of our lovely instructors, Susanne Barrett, also wrote a fragment poem. Hers was inspired by e. e. cummings’ unconventional sonnet, “the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls.”
fragments of Cambridge ladies
by Susanne Barrett
after e. e. cummings
as they bandy coy scandal,
fluttering eyelashes and tongues
their perfectly-furnished souls
so stale and unbeautiful,
padded to stifle spirit.
cornered in futile cornerlessness
the precise hue of the invariably
while the moon rises
trembling its poignant phrases
with mind wailing,
rattling, dull needles
into the unscented, the shapeless.
ever ripping reputations
into miniscule shreds
while the sky-lavender sky
refuses to blame the candy
for its righteous anger.
The image above is of “The Artist’s Wife Knitting” by William James Glackens