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Journal for Poetry Challenge #8

WEEK 1: Jan, 1, 2012

Ladder by Ethel Mortenson Davis

The persona of this poem, innocent and trusting, wonders if the Tarantula, a symbol of entrapment can provide the means necessary to leave our earthly prison.

The poet here as chosen a tarantula, more or less the biggest of spiders, appropriate for the biggest trap of all — the physical universe.  If one can work with this tarantula, one can find an exit from the deepest of holes; however, the tarantula is not only non-cooperative, but is threatening — not a hopeful sign.

The casual tone of the persona contrasts with the implied reality embedded in the poem — there is no means of escape from the endless cycle that keeps us bound to the physical universe.

WEEK 2: Jan, 9, 2012

Squatters by saffronsound

One creates their own reality and here memories start to overtake the objects in view.  This is not a psychotic break but the every day feelings we have when alone with objects that have built up associations to past events that we have been a part of. The author gives us just enough (but not more than we need) to be able to follow and ultimately identify with the persona recounting what is an everyday experience in a way the bring us into the room and sharing these associations.


Comments on: "Journal For Poetry Challenge #8" (8)

  1. The poem is great and I go with your interoperation my only problem is I fear spiders I can see no good in them!! happy 2012 xx


    • willowdot21,

      Thanks for participating — love the first poem choice of yours and your analysis! I think I will learn a lot by both participating and reading all the entries of all the other participants. Just the two of us so far — hope that changes.


  2. I really like what you’ve shared. Spiders used to be my GREATEST fear, and although I don’t remember for sure what it was exactly that changed that, it happened when I read the book ‘People of the Lie’ several years ago. Not sure I would still resonate with everything in that book, but it was what I needed at the time – and since then – little spiders are welcome in my home. Not sure I could invite a tarantula in, lol, but I do have great respect for their energy as weavers of life. Thank you for this reminder. xoxo


  3. hu this is an interesting poem…i like how the answer may be found in something out of the ordinary or something that others may even fear…nice ruminations…


  4. I read this tarantula poem. It just mirrored so many of my days, both positive and negative items, here in this small, ultra-conservative NW Alabama town. I am on the mission field here–and could use a couple of escort tarantulas! Love the poem. Agree with your review.


  5. brian and granbee,

    Thanks much!


  6. thanks for the poems and the beautiful descriptions you add about them. that really helps me most of the time, because literature and art often becomes more beautiful when someone expert explains their hidden charms.


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