Adelaide is with us again tonight, Robert.
This is my offering for Jeff Schwaner’s “Full Moon Social” celebration.
October 8, 1914
none harsher than your breath
dissipating into the night’s
and wind. How I
would like to have touched you
if only with words trembling from
October 8, 2014
that we might share
from mountain to the sea
a gift belonging to no one
Adelaide Crapsey’s last full moon lit the skies on October 4, 1914. She died four days later, at age 36. A poet well ahead of her time, she created the American cinquain, a five-line form of 22 syllables which I have followed in these three poems.
I discovered only after-the-fact that the Full Moon Social Jeff Schwaner hosted on October 8, 2014 fell on the 100th anniversary of Adelaide’s death. These poems were written with that particular evening still looming…
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