Today I was lucky enough to take a private tour of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets, hosted by Willona Slone. The exhibition includes portraits of celebrated poets such as Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, warrior Audre Lorde and more! It's multi-sensory and inspiring (especially for writers and lovers of the word) and FREE. Go see it. We took an interactive tour of the show and spent 20 minutes writing independently. I was extremely thankful for Willona's prompts and decided to "remix" phrases from the poems of Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop. My poem is below.
We be like Ezra and Walt.
Moments of magic seeping through the cracked walls we built around us.
Those memories...lost, like many things intended to be.
Today, I've gathered up the ashes from our last fire. I use them to fill my pipe.
I'll smoke you when the mood strikes.