PUBLIC POETRY PROJECT
A celebration of poems to the people
By Gary Fincke
Gary Fincke’s poem “Ants” tells a truth about being a young man: You don’t want to look stupid, but on the other hand, you think you’re being attacked by ants. You are prey to the seductive horrors of science fiction and family lore, while trying to figure out the world around you.
If a Simple Meditation Works, Trust It
By John Haag
John Haag’s “If a Simple Meditation Works, Trust It” elicits admiration for the way the tumult of images at the beginning resolves itself in wonder, and in an appealing notion about poetry—that the moments with which poets are often concerned are “worth more than ordinary attention.”
Showing a Friend My Town
By Harry Humes
Kim Fisher, the first person behind the idea of the Public Poetry Project, liked that the speaker in “Showing a Friend My Town” walked around pointing things out while telling a story the items collectively implied. The empty chair at the end holds the most, implying all the loss that the bounty of the poem seems determined to mask.