My Latest New Favorite Poet: Marty Walsh

My latest new favorite poet is Marty Walsh. I am a big fan of personification in poetry (I use it a lot in my work) and in the below piece (from American Life in Poetry: Column 503) Mr. Walsh uses it to spectacular ends. It’s a wonderful example of making the inanimate animate in a fresh and inventive way. I also love that the poem’s title is also its first lines.

The snow’s/feet slip

out from
under it
and down
the mountain
slope it comes
flat on its back
white skirt
and billowy
petticoats
blowing
back over
its head,
whiplashing
rickety
pine sapling
as it passes,
bowling boulders
left and right
until it comes
to a juddering
sudden heart-
thumping stop
just shy
of the little village
in the valley far below.

The lines

“and down
the mountain
slope it comes
flat on its back
white skirt
and billowy
petticoats
blowing
back over
its head,”

remind me so much of a bawdy vaudeville comedy that it’s hard to realize he’s writing about an avalanche. It’s simply great work.

I also love the word “juddering”, don’t you?

The full article can be found by clicking here.

Enjoy! 😀

Jamy

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