Thursday, November 14, 2013
New Poem: "Some Trees (In Response to John Ashbery)"
I studied John Ashbery's (pictured) famous poem, "Some Trees," as part of my MOOC Modern and Contemporary American Poetry offered by the University of Pennsylvania. I was struck by Mr. Ashbery's conceit concerning the harmonious community of trees and what humans could learn by the trees' example. As a biologist, I know that trees compete with each other ruthlessly for water, soil nutrients, and even the light of the sun. My twist on "Some Trees" takes a more cynical look at Mr. Ashbery's subject. I kept the rhyme scheme of the original poem, and even some of the words, albeit twisted.