Poetry Friday: Motion

October 9th, 2009

This year’s Nobel Prizes were announced this week – including the prize for literature to Herta Mueller, a Romanian-born German writer. She didn’t write poetry, but we selected a poem from another Nobel-prize winner, Octavio Paz. He won in 1990 and died in 1998.

Motion
by Octavio Paz

If you are the amber mare
I am the road of blood
If you are the first snow
I am he who lights the hearth of dawn
If you are the tower of night
I am the spike burning in your mind

Read the rest of the poem here…

We have our own winner to announce: the winner of our “teaching life” poetry contest in Annie Herbert. William Varner, Stenhouse editor, selected her poem Teacher’s School Dreams as the winner. Congrats, Annie!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mary Lee  |  October 10th, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Hooray for ALL the Nobel Prize winners!

  • 2. laurasalas  |  October 15th, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Lovely! My favorite lines are

    If you are the basket of oranges
    I am the knife of the sun

    and

    If you are the rising sun
    I am the road of blood

    Wow.

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