Saturday, October 9, 2010
A Time of Passion
I had heard that her marriage broke up, but I still don't know the circumstances. There are poems in this book that just break my heart. She is as astonished as I am. Here are 2 lines from "A Time of Passion":
It never crossed my mind that he no longer
loved me, that we had left the realm of love.
She's just stating it. It is so simple and so stunning all at once. It comes at the end of a sex poem, one of those she does so well, that, on its second read, contains all the ambivalence, threat, and evidence. All the stuff she doesn't see while it's going on but does see as a poet, later.
I find this frightening. It's the way the still-married couple is frightened in the play Dinner With Friends, by Donald Margulies. It's also a movie with Andie MacDowell, Toni Collette (a favorite of mine), Dennis Quaid, and Greg Kinnear. It might be time for me to watch that again. I was in the play once.
In the cemetery walk, I am a woman who had an unhappy marriage. Maybe I am too sensitive to all that right now. Wooee.
OK, I cheered myself up. By finding that picture of me upside down.