I Needed This.

Let me mention this first – – – what is below is copy-pasted from David Dodd Lee’s blog, SeventeenFingeredPoetryBird. Not only is the poem great, but the message attached really lifted me up after the past few days. Let’s just say a streamline of poems are going to be on my blog tonight and the next few days.



When they show up they
Expose themselves, burning

What surrounds them. One
Turns into a ballerina. A trunk-size

Colander of air–signature, signature–
Crying under the flaming pines–

I’m living again!
I’m dying again!

I love the idea certain pines need fire to survive–the seeds
need to burn, or they won’t pop open. Good poems are like that,
the ones you don’t know are good, especially, at first (they
are somewhat baffling) sit in the dark quietly, some-
times for years. At some point they POP open . . . Good
beginning poets know this–sense this, and often are inordinate-
ly careful about publishing too fast. It’s these writers, these
temperamental ones, the ones who want to hide a little so
the words stay pure, so what they write is what they
were supposed to write (and spent years discovering this)
who will matter . . .

Posted by David Dodd Lee at 7:37 PM


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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