April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’… Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.
Our poem of the day for today is: Hall of Mirrors by American poet Ted Berrigan.
We miss something now
as we think about it
Let’s see: eat, sleep & dream, read
A good book, by Robert Stone
Knew of it first
in New York City. Couldn’t find it
in Ann Arbor, though
I like it here
Had to go back to New York
Found it on the Upper West Side
I can’t live with you
But you live
here in my heart
You keep me alive and alert
aware of something missing
I woke up today just in time
to introduce a poet
then to hear him read his rhymes
so unlike mine & not bad
as I’d thought another time
no breakfast, so no feeling fine.
Then I couldn’t find the party, afterwards
then I did
then I talked with you.
Now it’s back
& a good thing for us
It’s letting us be wise, that’s why
it’s being left up in the air
You can see it, there
as you look, in your eyes
Now it’s yours & now it’s yours & mine.
We’ll have another look, another time.
Ted Berrigan. Born in Rhode Island, Ted Berrigan is considered a major figure of the “second generation” of the New York School of poetry. His work is conversational and expansive, and he often collaborated with other New York poets such as Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Anne Waldman.