Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review of "Holding Pattern" by Timothy Liu

"Holding Pattern" by Timothy Liu was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 19, 2014.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23884.

Timothy Liu (b. 1965) is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University.  He has published several volumes of poetry, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Best American Poetry in 2002.  Additional biographical information may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/114?utm_source=PAD%3A+Holding+Pattern+by+Timothy+Liu&utm_campaign=poemaday_021914&utm_medium=email.

The poem is arranged in eight quatrains of free verse followed by a singlet.  Travel by airplane is used as a conceit for the relationship between lovers.  The last two lines may be an oral sex reference, but perhaps I just have a dirty mind.

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