Monday, March 02, 2015


In the late 70’s my oldest sister and her husband now deceased published Christian-graphic in which they were kind enough to publish some of my early attempts at writing poetry.  When I published a piece about Thomas R. Edwards on this blog (February 14, 2014), I was reminded of the discussion that took place about whether or not to publish my poetry since it did not have any punctuation.  The words hurt then and they hurt again when I was paying tribute to the publisher of Christian-graphic who was more than a brother-in law.  He was my friend.

I recently ran across a poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 and 2009.  In the books The Carrier of Ladders (1971 winner) and The Shadow of Sirius (2009 winner) William S. Merwin, former Poet Laureate of the United States, did not use any punctuation.  It did not do my inner being any good to know that the form I had used was legitimate.  The words had already left their wounds.

I use this example
to simply say
try to watch
what comes out
the opening in your head

Use your mind
before you speak
so the people around you
will have less wounds
as they live
their lives.

© Ed Cooper, March 3, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee

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