Ratta Mahattaart by Ratta Mahatta

Last night

I ran with my son and daughter

on line

in messages clothed in balloons

drifting thru clouds

stroking my family shoulder

with enduring affection.


Thilda May Swenson

Swenson is best known for her exuberant, adventurous wordplay. She’s credited with inventing the “iconography” style, in which the lines of the poem are shaped to create images relating to the poem’s content. For instance, her poem “The Lowering,” written as a memorial for Robert F. Kennedy, is in the shape of a folded flag.

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