A poetry interlude


By Raymond Carver

Suppose I say summer,
write the word “hummingbird”,
put it in an envelope,
take it down the hill
to the box. When you open
my letter you will recall
those days and how much,
just how much, I love you.

If you’ve never read Raymond Carver, go out and do so. Probably better known for his short stories, (the  film “Short Cuts” by Robert Altman was based on his stories), Carver’s work is the epitome of melancholic simplicity. The complete and utter triumph of articulating everyday problems. To me, he writes like he’s effortlessly talking to you. Though, as we all know, greatness is never effortless. I thoroughly recommend his collected works “All of us”, which contains stories, poems and essays.

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