The Dream

where a bird
night after starry night
while I'm asleep
unfolds its phantom wings
          - P.K. Page


is perhaps
a dream of you.
And the bird your
last unfinished verse
before you fell to earth.
And the night this world
without you, suddenly
overwhelmed with
loss, a song unheard,
where a bird

finds feathered rest.
And I am stirred
to whisper words
as would fly through
this glass air, as would
recall you, bright
as metal, incandescent
coal, rose-fragrant
words to take flight
night after starry night

when your absence
tests this faltering
hologram of faith.
No, not my words, but yours,
migrant across the pages,
flying across the deep
pleated blue of the ocean,
like arial shadows
in memory steeped.
While I’m asleep

your verses thread
into my dream,
as if they would embroider
with flowers and birds
this heart that only knows
that you are missing
still. Night after starry night
while I’m asleep
your poetry sings,
unfolds its phantom wings.


39 comments:

  1. The glosa is a form from the late 14th century and was popular in the Spanish court. The introduction, the cabeza, is a quatrain quoting a well-known poem or poet. The second part is the glosa proper, expanding on the theme of the cabeza, consisting of four ten-line stanzas, with the lines of the cabeza used to conclude each stanza. Lines six and nine must rhyme with the borrowed tenth.

    Because of its structure, the glosa is ideal as a tribute poem, and this poem is my tribute to the poet P.K. Page (1916-2010).

    Page was a celebrated and multi-awarded Canadian poet, an inspiration to many generations of poets, who brought the glosa back into modern prominence. The cabeza in this glosa quotes her poem 'This Heavy Craft'.

    Short link - http://bit.ly/s4glosadream

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  2. "Migrant across the pages" is my favorite single line, but the regret and the texture of beloved verse sings here in such a pitch that I have to go and look her up immediately--the impetus of a tribute of such vibrance and honesty. One would think you knew her. As, perhaps, you do. Luckily, I know you.

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  3. Thank you... I only ever knew P.K. Page from her work, but when she passed away, it was like I'd lost someone I knew. My heart was torn
    and I wanted to say how much I missed her though I didn't know her, how it was sad that after so much poetry no more words would be written... but also that that the words that she had written - her influence, her inspiration - would live on, in my heart, my thoughts, and in my own poetry.

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  4. Beautiful as usual. Every line is a perfect description of loss, of beauty. I really love your poetry. I can't even choose a single line to favor. They are all so eloquently spoken.

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  5. 'The Dream' has been selected by The Malahat Review for inclusion in its tribute to P.K. Page.

    I am grateful and honoured - here is the link to 'The Dream'.

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    1. Hearty congratulations on your inclusion in the Malahat Review. Are you a BC poet?

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    2. I'm in Toronto, actually, though I have family in Vancouver.

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  6. Sam, as ever, beautiful writing. A fitting tribute to a great poet, and I did not know she was Canadian. The lines that struck me were:
    bright
    as metal, incandescent
    coal, rose-fragrant
    words to take flight
    night after starry night

    "Incandescent coal" is especially vivid imagery. As to how it made me feel... sad, the loss, and yet glad that this person did indeed live on earth to give us such beauty. Congrats on Malahat Review! Peace, Amy

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  7. very cool tribute sam and really an interesting form...love the rhythm of this...it's almost a bit hypnotizing in a very good way...feels like it swings us right into the heart of the poem... looking forward to trying this..

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  8. This is a wonderful post, giftwrapped with many colourful layers. So much to follow up, promise of all sorts of poetry delight:
    a new form, no less, and containing your words and phrases to enjoy. A new poet to discover.
    I know just the cabeza that will give me pleasure to try this out with.
    Thank you for cheering up yet another freezing cold Spring morning.
    Thank you.

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  9. a very cool tribute sam...like the embroidering in the dream there toward the end...love your use of movement in this which def informs your choice of them as well...cool...

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    1. sam. i had a blast with this form man....good job bringing it to the pub...

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  10. "No, not my words, but yours,
    migrant across the pages,
    flying across the deep
    pleated blue of the ocean,
    like arial shadows
    in memory steeped."

    WOW! Moving still, never ceasing! The form makes the content more elegant and economic, but the tribute itself is an invitation to read more. Beautiful!

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  11. A challenging and lovely form Sam ~ You have weave Page's words effortlessly with yours ~ The melancholy is deep on the third verse, and the loss is palpable on the last stanza ~

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  12. I'm a huge fan of poetry that laces concrete objects with abstract poetic imagery. No one does this better than you Sam. This piece tastes sweet in the ear of my reading. I feel lulled into a kind of melancholy romance with the narrative. It feels strangely appealing, luring, and mysterious. A beautiful composition, sir.

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  13. Yes, where are you! The incessant cry of searching and hoping! Great word-craft as always Sam!

    Hank

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  14. So beautiful, Sam... and you make it look so easy!

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  15. I truly think you have expanded Page work doing it full honor. Theme intact to the original poem. I love every line here :-)

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  16. Beautiful poem Sam and many thanks for introducing me to a form I've not heard of before. This is a piece I shall re-read several times to fully apprecitate its depth and emotion.

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  17. Read this many times Sam - tis beautiful, a fine tribute indeed.

    Thanks for introducing me to the form - I like it and shall play with it more.

    Anna :o]

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  18. " flying across the deep
    pleated blue of the ocean,
    like arial shadows
    in memory steeped.
    While I’m asleep"

    Love those lines. The transience of the already half forgotten details of a dream as you awaken, yet the mood lingers on.

    Beautifully penned, your soft words belies the deceptively deep sense of loss. On my first read, I felt the tug, but it was the second reading where I truly felt the pull of it.

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  19. Brilliantly written, and beautiful. Night after starry night... I love that line. Kudos. -Mike @Boston Poetry Mag

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  20. Wow! This really shows what the form can do. A veritable Master Class. Really glad I didn't miss this one!

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  21. Thank you so much, Sam, for the inspiration your lovely poem brought me, and for your online help last night.
    Jock's been wondering where my mind has been this last 16 hours or so!

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  22. Beautifully elegant-- the poem does a lovely job of fleshing out the cabeza, faithful to its sound and the diction retaining the dream-like quality of the phantom wings. A moving tribute. I now want to read more from Page.

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  23. very beautiful! loved the myriad forms that feelings take here to connect with the poet and the poem! perhaps the idea of taking each line of the cabeza is kind of connecting the feelings!

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  24. Oh...what can I say...I bow...just wonderful!

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  25. filled with so much compassion and loved those last 3 lines

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  26. Your Glosa was so well done, it made tackling the form more fun. I love the fact that since I usually find a quote to open all my poetry, that this time it was a cabeza & a tribute to the other voice. Like you, I have been fascinated with Leonard Cohen for 50 years; thanks for providing us this excellent FFA.

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  27. The editors at Malahat Review have my respect--they know great poetry! So tasteful, skillfully blending concrete imagery with an airiness that is in perfect keeping with Page's original lines. Lovely!

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  28. Such a touching sense of loss, with the "glass air" giving a sense of emptiness and sharpness of the experience. I'm not familiar with P K Page, but will look out for her in future. And thank you for introducing me to the glosa : )

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  29. This is chilling and romantic, this lingering of love.

    Mmmm, I really like this:
    "And I am stirred
    to whisper words
    as would fly through
    this glass air, as would
    recall you"

    That whole stanza, actually.

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  30. As I mentioned at the bar, "The Dream" does Page proud and I am delighted that you brought her and the glosa to the fore...Glad also that by bringing attention to her reminded me it has been a long time since I listened to a CD I have, "The Filled Pen", a lovely thing which is just Page reading her work and other poets commenting about her. Shortly after she died, a limited edition of a very small chapbook, "Cullen" was offered by Jay Ruzesky (Outlaw Press) and anyone who bought one also got this amazing CD...it's been wonderful to get reacquainted with this material. So thanks Sam, on so many levels you've done good things.

    http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.ca/2013/05/table-for-four.html

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  31. No surprise--this is done beautifully. I really enjoyed the challenge...thank you. (The hard part, for me, was choosing a poet and then finding those rhymes...loose as they may be in mine.)

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  32. Samuel, this is fantastic - a wonderful tribute. Left me feeling warm... the last stanza, amazing.
    Thank you for introducing this great form!

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  33. beautiful. it really is amazing how you took those words and transformed them in this piece–a solid tribute. I felt for the loss of the words.

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  34. Can't added anything but I do want to say how glad I am that you share work here. Thank you.

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  35. I've linked your poem to Blogs Over Easy. I'm in love with your work.

    http://blackandgraylifemusings.blogspot.com/2013/06/blogs-over-easy.html

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