Poetry Friday: Wash in the Street

April 22nd, 2011

This week I picked a poem that appears in Pat Johnson and Katie Keier’s recent book Catching Readers Before They Fall. They use the poem in Chapter 2 to show how our understanding changes as we read. Later in the chapter, Pat shares her thinking as she read the lines. You can still preview the entire book online!

Wash in the Street
Ann Turner

I pass ’em
on my way to school
dumped like wash
in the street:
Gus and Bones and Sleepy
Maria

scrunched up on a bench
all their flapdoodle on —
gray, wrinkles socks,
a jacket drabby loos,
hats knit by trembly hands.

Once in a bus station I saw
a woman dressed like an opera,
a red turban on her head.
She sang so loud the pipes
hummed,
washing her purple feet
in the sink.

And people smile
or not
edge by like they’re a dog
about to shake out all
its wet.

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