Monday, April 8, 2013

"Rabbit Song" by Arlene Kim

Rabbit Song

I stood too near the warren
and when I stumbled back, the rabbits stamped in alarm.

Iambic admonition, cautionary song.

Of what in the wood did they warn? Of whom?

Source of the text - Arlene Kim, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes?  Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2011, p. 50

Bourguignomicon: Hare iambs; poem as a Paul Revere ride. Not just the poet’s closing questions but also: who’s being warned? If rabbits are poets, who is I?

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