Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review of "The Long Hand Wishes It Was Used" by Jackie Clark

"The Long Hand Wishes It Was Used" by Jackie Clark was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on March 4, 2014.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23904?utm_source=PAD%3A+The+Long+Hand+Wishes+It+Was+Used+by+Jackie+Clark&utm_campaign=poemaday_030414&utm_medium=email.

According to Poem-A-Day, Jackie Clark lives in New Jersey (pictured) and is the author of a book of poetry entitled Aphoria.  An internet search did not reveal any significant additional biographical information.

"The Long Hand" is presented in seventeen lines of ragged, irregular free verse.  The conceit of the poem is a wish on the part of the speaker, presumably the poet, to be able to think in images rather than words.  Isn't that already how we think, especially when we dream and scheme?

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