Julie Carr writes The Real at Everyday Genius

1 Sep

I’ve been in a big poetry phase lately, and it’s nice, to feel affected again by poetry, to feel the words under my skin again. I’m in a strange spot, really. I’ve been suffering a bit of ennui, perhaps, a wanting to feel something more than I’m capable of feeling. Poetry is bringing me back to that feeling right now, especially language-based poetry; I am responding more lately to poetry that breaks things; I am having that feeling like when I first read e.e. cummings.

Julie Carr’s poem “The Real” does this for me, and I think it will do it for you, too. Check it:

I saw a woman smack her child on a Metro platform in Paris,
so hard he fell over.
                                      There grew
a quietness //

Read the rest at Everyday Genius.

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