Spring (Again)

Michael Ryan on

Published in Poem Of The Day

The birds were louder this morning,
raucous, oblivious, tweeting their teensy bird-brains out.
It scared me, until I remembered it's Spring.
How do they know it? A stupid question.
Thank you, birdies. I had forgotten how promise feels.

About this poem
"In an uncollected early essay called 'Vorticism,' Ezra Pound wrote that things juxtaposed 'create their own relationship'- a technique which poets since have taken to the bank and sometimes robbed it blind. 'Spring (Again)' presents a pretty straightforward narrative for three lines then spends the last two lines in the speaker's mind. I hope the relationships are clear. The speaker is, as Emily Dickinson said, 'not me, but a supposed person.' I hope he's a little funny as well as sad. After a winter like the recent one, people may need cheering up."
-Michael Ryan

About Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan is the author of "This Morning" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). He directs the M.F.A. program in poetry at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in Irvine.

The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience. Email The Academy at poem-a-day[at]poets.org.

(c) 2015 Michael Ryan. Originally published by the Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org. Distributed by King Features Syndicate





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