KWH Pick of the Week: “Seven Pines” by Robin Metz, Chosen by Willi Goehring

Posted on November 5, 2012


Knox Writers’ House Contributor’s Pick of the Week 11/5 /2012

Seven Pines by Robin Metz in Galesburg, IL

Chosen by Willi Goehring in Fayetteville, AK who says:

I’ve chosen this poem because of my long relationship to it, both textual and (thanks to the Knox Writer’s House) aural, and my abiding affection for the poet. Every dead animal should not be an urgent call to poetry, and certainly we can and do pass up some instances of death that could be sung or otherwise hobnobbed about. Here, not uncommonly, is a corpse in nature being interpreted through the metaphors of human life and human dwellings. In the end, though, this gives way to (or logically becomes) metonymic leaps towards what cannot be poeticized or even lived out, what is simple, and harder to grasp, perhaps, than tricks of language: we all die. The beauty and control of simile must, in such a poem, give way to what feels real and absolute. It is only natural that we can only dream on such things. What I admire about this poem is that its absolution seems to revel its self-evidence. 

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