Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thought for the Day

Poems . . . see the cracks in what we agree to believe
is smooth, and drop in to tell us about those cracks.
A poem may tell you a great deal worth hearing by
inviting you out of yourself and into somebody else's 
world, some other mind. Such a poem may lead you
back into your own life and show you a new self by placing
you in that unfamiliar spot and asking you to be, to think, or
feel something new. It may also show you something about your
old familiar self you had not discovered — or faced — before. 

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Her Place in These Designs (Truman State University Press, 2008)

Playing at Stillness (Truman State University Press, 2005) 

Rehearsing Absence: Poems (University of Evansville Press, 2001)

The Shadow I Dress In (WordTech Communications, 2004)

Where Horizons Go: Poems (Truman State University Press, 1998)

Rhina P. Espaillat Site at North Shore Community College (Text and audio for several of Espaillat's poems are found here.)

Rhina P. Espaillat Page at PoemTree (More than 20 of Espaillat's poems are available here.)

Rhina P. Espaillat Page at Poetry Foundation 

Rhina P. Espaillat Page at Powow River Poets

Rhina P. Espaillat Poems at David Robert Books

3 comments:

M.L. Gallagher said...

I like this quote a lot!

S. Etole said...

an uncomfortable process at times ...

Cheryl Snell said...

What a great quote! Thanks, Maureen.