puppet carved of wood

only a child is allowed a name

 

& yet a tragedy in the hardness

of heart—an insect’s death

 

can something so clumsy

be the reflection & open path

 

a fool will walk past the edge

of a word & plummet

 

a life incidental to its

original calling—stringless

 

& the light opens

bathes the tongue & considers

 

the nature of its name

is the spirit of its lie

 

 

front cover

This poem originally appeared in Volume 6 of The Ampersand Review.

 

Ryan Holden is a graduate student in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. His poems have been recently published in LeafGarden Press, Up the Staircase, Country Dog Review, Underground Voices, and Greensilk Journal. He received an Honorable Mention for The Katharine C. Turner Prize of The Academy of American Poets in 2009. He has received a fellowship to teach at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China for the summer of 2010.

Filed under: Poetry

JUMP TO TOP
SHARE THIS POST
Apologies, for this post the comments are closed.
THE AMPERSAND REVIEW

Please follow & like us :)

Facebook
Facebook
Google+
http://ampersandreview.com/2013/02/florence-1883-ce-by-ryan-holden/">
SHARE

Follow & Share

Facebook
Facebook
Google+
http://ampersandreview.com/2013/02/florence-1883-ce-by-ryan-holden/">
SHARE

About

The Ampersand Review is a project of Ampersand Books.

Editor-in-Chief: Jason Cook
Poetry Editor: Corey Zeller

Newsletter

Email address goes here
AMPERSAND REVIEW
x
menu
Facebook
Facebook
Google+
http://ampersandreview.com/2013/02/florence-1883-ce-by-ryan-holden/">
SHARE