There’s even a snarky little poem about Dick Cheney in there called “Heart,” which is the one that people seem to enjoy the most (though I believe “Legs” runs a close second).
What do you want readers of this poem to take from this poem? Anything they want or feel, which is the whole point of poetry. Of course, my intent was a little nod to my twenties (I was in my fifties when I wrote the poem) and to capture a sort of sweet free-spiritedness, whether or not it’s an accurate account. I was going for a tone of wistfulness, but not really a sad lament about the past. Mostly, I just hope people enjoy the imagery, the alliteration, the subtext of spirituality, and perhaps the bit of mild erotic teasing that was my rai·son d'ê·tre in those days.
I am the editor-in-chief of the online poetry journal First Literary Review-East. My associate editor, Karen Neuberg, and I encourage those who are not familiar with it to check it out at www.rulrul.4mg.com. Although we have poetic biases, we consider any style and subject; however, the poems must be 16 lines or fewer.
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“Looking For Sunsets (In the Early Morning)”
by Cindy Hochman