For National Poetry Month, Conundrum Press has asked our poets and writers to offer their thoughts on poetry. We will be publishing reflections throughout the month.
I write poems the way my dog drinks beer. My mind tenders a thought.
I sniff and turn up my nose. Then under the insistence of a stern voice, I hazard a sip.
It doesn’t damage my tongue, so I brave another lick. Words appear. A tingle seeps into my mouth. Another line. Not bad. Here I go. Sip sip sip. The liquid invades. A keen phrase or two. Somebody pour me some more.
I’m in the mood. Lap lap lap. Nice. Another stanza. Keep it flowing. Gulp gulp gulp.
All right. Nobody can mess with me, baby. I can lick any poet in the house.
Bruce Berger’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The New York Times, Barron’s and numerous literary reviews, and have been collected in Facing the Music, a 2014 Conundrum Press publication. At the 2016 Headwaters Poetry Festival in Gunnison, Colorado, he received the Karen Chamberlain Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry.
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