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Anatomy of a Poem

19 April, 2016: Anatomy of a Poem

READ A POEM

by Miles Budimir
 

ANATOMY OF A POEM

       For Dan Smith 

A poem is
an old man
with hair like
bare-branched
lightning,
the heart
of a lion,
eyes burning
like Elijah,
mad with light,
fire tongued,
howling at
the prison guards:
“Oh, city! take off
yr pants!”
law and order
reaching
for its guns.
 
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“Anatomy of a Poem” by Miles Budimir from Departures. Burning River Press, 2012. Used by permission of the author.
 
ABOUT TODAY’S POET
Milenko (Miles) Budimir is the author of two chapbooks: Departures (Burning River, 2012) and Rustbelt Romance (Deep Cleveland, 2006), and mini chapbooks Zdravox (Language Foundry) and Missing Albertly (Green Panda Press, 2008). His poems have appeared in a variety of publications including most recently Great Lakes Review, GTK Creative Journal, PoetryBay and the Toledo Free Press, among others. He is a writer and editor for engineering trade publications and an adjunct professor of philosophy in the Cleveland area. An avid photographer, he has photos on Instagram at milbudcle
 

WRITE A POEM

Write down 10 words you know from another language or languages. Now write a poem using five of those words.
 

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READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.