Names and Knowing


Sometimes we bequeath names, sometimes we know a story without names, or the actors in our stories don’t know one another’s names.

Geraldine Green’s poem of the absence of shape and its perception, needs wide spaces between its words to show the breadth of a place without structure. Seth Crook, in a more traditional style of poem, imagines the early namers of landscape, then claims his right to provide his own names.

If you’ve ever puzzled over a till receipt, you’ll like Christopher Barnes’ zany interpretation of a couple of these, translating their gobbledygook in his imagination, naming or claiming whatever he will.

After that. you’ll be ready a for a sonnet, unusually divided into two seven-line parts. Compared to the other three poems here, this seems accepting of a linguistic status quo. But wait! Emma Lee’s lovers quarrel, and for all the poem’s exact place and time, the only…

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