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Thought I would end the week with a poem by Adrienne Rich, the beloved feminist poet who recently passed away. I picked a somewhat recent poem, not one of those who made her famous in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. I was drawn by the intimate tone in the first half and the angular language of the second half.

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

Saw you walking barefoot
taking a long look
at the new moon’s eyelid

later spread
sleep-fallen, naked in your dark hair
asleep but not oblivious
of the unslept unsleeping

Tonight I think
no poetry
will serve

Syntax of rendition:

verb pilots the plane
adverb modifies action

verb force-feeds noun
submerges the subject
noun is choking
verb disgraced goes on doing

there are adjectives up for sale

now diagram the sentence






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