Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fun Poem

I like to listen to poetry podcasts. I think I heard this one on "Poetry Off the Shelf", but I can't be sure. I thought it was fun.

by Peter Pereira

If you believe in the magic of language,
then Elvis really Lives
and Princess Diana foretold I end as car spin.
If you believe the letters themselves
contain a power within them,
then you understand
what makes outside tedious,
how desperation becomes a rope ends it.
The circular logic that allows senator to become treason,
and treason to become atoners.
That eleven plus two is twelve plus one,
and an admirer is also married.
That if you could just rearrange things the right way
you’d find your true life,
the right path, the answer to your questions:
you’d understand how the Titanic
turns into that ice tin,
and debit card becomes bad credit.
How listen is the same as silent,
and not one letter separates stained from sainted.

Peter Pereira, "Anagrammer" from What's Written on the Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2007). www.coppercanyonpress.orgSource: Poetry (September 2003).


linda jean said...


That is where you found this one. You can listen to the author read it.

In the Mix said...

I love it!

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Un saludo.

betsyann said...

Thanks linda jean!

Trinket said...

I love this one. How amazingly clever.