the shockingly clever guest: karen edmisten

#3 in the Poetry Potluck series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2010.

photo by tomanthony.

Clever is as clever does, and I say it’s always good to invite a shockingly clever person to a poetry party.

Take Karen Edmisten, for example. She brought a finely wrought, exquisitely nuanced poem using bread as a central metaphor. Yes, give us this day our daily bread, and with it, a beautiful reflection on marriage.

Her poem reminded me that things worth having — whether they are relationships, a good piece of writing, or a delicious loaf of bread – are the result of patience, conscious effort, allowing time for maturation, and keeping the faith through the sometimes unwieldly process of growth.

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