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From Ted Hughes' List of Suggested Writing Exercises for Sylvia Plath.

 Mushrooms, that they think they are going to take over the world.
Person walking through enormous dark house. Weeping in the garden. Mould
in graves. The laughing merchant--attempts to kill him only make him
laugh
 louder. Fish tossed ashore for a moment, then recovered by the next
wave. Warning to the rose-bud, frost is here. Houses you have lived in,
personified as people. The pleasant and titillating relationship to be
had with things seen from a
 train. The face that has just turned away. To find yourself
imprisoned in a certain day of your past. Watching fat bald men eat.
Somebody whistling in the night, perhaps it's a little stone. To
sunbathe and become a sea-beach gradually. The clock, death of the fox,
baying of hounds--tick, tick. Zoo penguins, while the Poles melt. The
gardener's pipe-smoke. Single old shoe on moor. Little jobs as
being a process of petrifaction, till you become a stone
 heroine on a tomb. The moments of the past which were special, should
have memorial
 stones--the site commemorated. Why put up stones to show where
 people have died, when the precise places where they came most alive
 have no more permanence than a thought in the air, or the resting
 place of a sunbeam. Hornets. Pine-cones. The pathetic beast, whose
tearful mumblings I feed three times a day. Dancers coming down a
street, each one more unbelievably dressed than
 the last. Midnight in a mountain village. Snakes in a den, midwinter.
The earth, just cooling--first rains, seas collecting. The orange's
ignorance of the apple. Friar drunk in a cellar. Woman opening a letter.
Your honest opinion about the ass. Fat businessman, drinking coffee,
mechanical determination. Nothing more junky than old newspapers, the
news of the world. Things I wish I could kick. The body remained at the
rail but the mind fell overboard. 


DAVID TRINIDAD'S books include Plasticville (2000), Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (with Jeffery Conway and Lynn Crosbie, 2003), The Late Show (2007), and By Myself (with D. A. Powell, 2009), all published by Turtle Point Press. Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems will be published by Turtle Point in fall 2011. He is also editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, forthcoming from Nightboat Books. Trinidad currently lives in Chicago, where he teaches at Columbia College and co-edits the journal Court Green.
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Title Annotation:two poems
Author:Trinidad, David
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:May 1, 2011
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