About the Poems
by Becca Klaver
These poems are a cross-section of my first stab at participating in the nat’l holidaze known as NoPoWriMo. The thing about NaPoWriMo is that, if you’re going to write a poem every day, you’d better find a way to keep yourself interested, and you’d better get used to the idea that you’re not going to be able to curl up in your leather recliner with a cup of tea and a remembrance-of-things-past sesh every night. If you can write while sitting in your workspace, I envy you; for me trying to find time and space meant lunches and train rides.
Certain petit motifs repeat in spite of shifting containers and locales: liminal spaces, “lady troubles,” and apology vs. refusal are the ones that strike me at the moment.
“Train Ride” is based on Alice Notley’s visit to Chicago at the beginning of April, 2008; the rest are flights of fancy. All originally appeared at el pomo expo.