Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New way to write short about something old

At the tail end of National Poetry Month last week, I encountered a new verse form from Korea, called a sijo. I put it to use to capture a quirky, mundane Monday moment.

My welcome mat today held, unexpected, a thick phone book--
this annual anachronism that signals spring, even as time
(in certain unfathomable moments) seems stuck in amber.


  1. I had to look up anachronism... so true...such deep thought about a phone book.. impressive

  2. I love the word anachronism and your metaphor "stuck in amber."

  3. I love your new poetry format and what you did with it. Ahhhhhhh, the phone book. I wonder how much longer we'll be getting them. Your poem strikes a deep chord.