[Milton-L] "Particular Falls"

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 11:15:32 EST 2015


Good stuff! Thanks.

As a comparison / contrast, my recollection is that in eg. Augustine,
rather gruesomely (morbidly??), one of the pleasures of the saved is
precisely their good view of the suffering of the damned . . . (?)

Best, Matt

On 20 January 2015 at 16:06, Stella Revard <srevard at siue.edu> wrote:

> Thanks, Nancy, for sending on the poem by Pattiann Rogers.  She is one of
> the best poets now writing in the US, but has not been given her due by the
> cliquers and claquers of the Award Giving dumbasses.  And the Georgia
> Review prints a lot of veryt fine work. Nice to know you are reading it
> well.
>
>
> On 01/20/15, *Hannibal Hamlin * <hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Thanks. The use of enjambment (all that carefully positioned falling) also
> seems somewhat Miltonic.
>
> Hannibal
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:36 AM, Nancy Charlton <
> charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>> I felt that you all would enjoy this poem. Since I couldn't get Poetry
>> Daily to send it from their form, I'll take my chances with the copyright
>> police and simply copy it into this email.
>>
>> The last stanza (?) is particularly Miltonic.
>>
>> Nancy Charlton
>>
>> Particular Falls
>>
>> Not as three strands of braided hair,
>> being loosened, fall then together in waves
>> to touch the shoulders; and not as a white-
>> winged hawk releases and falls sinking
>> on the wind until its wings swerve upward
>> riding the current again toward the sun.
>>
>> Not the freefall that comes before
>> the parachute spreads and opens above
>> like a prayer and halts the plunge;
>> and not the tumbling fall of an acrobat
>> before he catches the trapeze his partner
>> drops as she falls to catch his feet.
>> Not any of those falls.
>>
>> And not the continual plummeting
>> fall of mountain snowmelt creating icy
>> weather in summer; nor the spider gliding
>> down her string, floating more than falling
>> in descent just as day falls and drifts
>> in its own ways into night; and not as one falls
>> with eyes closed into sleep where faith
>> is with the falling; nor as one falls
>> into love where riotous ascent begins
>> simultaneous with the falling.
>>
>> But consider the falling that is immutable:
>> the naked body of a nestling lying spilled
>> and broken on the sidewalk; wind-felled fruit,
>> sick odor of rotting pulp below the tree, slick
>> mass oozing into earth; the cold, frightening
>> stillness of those who lie fallen in battle.
>>
>> And remember the story of the bleakest
>> fall, the fall of those who once were angels,
>> who fell and fell into the deepest chasm
>> of blindness, irredeemable, never to rise,
>> never to hope to rise. Pity their god.
>>
>> PATTIANN ROGERS <http://poems.com/feature.php?date=16455>
>>
>> The Georgia Review <http://garev.uga.edu/>
>> Winter 2014
>>
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