Portraits: A Poetry Sampler
We enjoyed collecting this sampler of poems that brings together the imagistic observations and poetic stories about people or the human body. Some of the poems here are persona poems that take place on rooftops and ridgetops, at Octoberfest parades and Waffle Houses. Some of the poems tell what happens to seventh grade bullies, to the aging, and to the newly deceased. But each of the poems illustrates best what poet Christie Collins describes as “each human / life is a priest, is a prayer, is a piano hymn.” Enjoy the ten poems collected here as studies in the human condition.
~Marianne Worthington, poetry editor
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