Mercury day poetry: Adrienne Rich and a new moon

Last week, the great Adrienne Rich passed away. She was one of America’s shining poetic voices of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. You can find more about her here, if you need.

In remembrance, here’s a poem of her’s that ran in the Nation. I pick it, yes, for the new moon reference. And I do know that Friday is a full moon Moon Day.

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

May 26, 2008 

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
elsewhere

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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