Today's poem is "And Life Goes On As It Has Always Gone On"
from The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement

Wind Publications

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop and four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement. She is the recipient of the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Woman of Achievement Award. Her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is the founder, editor, and publisher of Terrapin Books.

Other poems by Diane Lockward in Verse Daily:
November 5, 2010:   "Birdhouse" "In the garden a single rose..."
March 1, 2003:  "The Missing Wife" "The wife and the dog planned their escape..."

Books by Diane Lockward:

Other poems on the web by Diane Lockward:
Three poems
Two poems
Three poems
Four poems
"The Study of Nature"
Two poems

Diane Lockward's Website.

Diane Lockward According to Wikipedia.

Diane Lockward on Twitter.

About The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement:

"Diane Lockward, more than any other poet now writing, exemplifies Garcia Lorca's definition of poet as the professor of the five bodily senses. She revels in sensory language, often lip-smacking language, and she can make the language of terror and loss as spine-tingling as the beauty of a last stab of sunset before it disappears. The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement, with its cryptic title, invites us to join her in nothing less than a poetic banquet where we are seduced by the "Red of the raspberry, its drupelets a nest of sexual seeds, / and the music, pepper hot and red,' or challenged by the never-ending unwinding of Lockward's interior landscape seeking its exterior expression in the physical world around her: 'I build a nest of silken floss / and tiny twigs, / watch the lives on the other side.' Make no mistake, though, the artistic weaving in these poems is tough as knots that 'hold their weight, that won't come undone.' This book is a feast to which Garcia Lorca himself would give a five-star rating."
—Kathryn Stripling Byer

"These are irresistible poems--bold, often refreshingly funny, and spiked with hard-won knowledge. 'Seize the flesh and fret not,' warns one of Diane Lockward's speakers. Like the creatures that pop up in this collection--rabbits, rats, bees, robins, monkeys, and more--her poems convey a living, bristling mischief. Her poems are companionable, rhythmically adventurous, and honest in the best and most happily inventive sense. Who, after all, can resist a poem titled 'We Were Such a Fine Plum Pudding'? I can't. 'Purity's not for us,' she writes. Bless her and her poems."
—Lee Upton

"'I make beautiful the moments of terror,' Diane Lockward announces in an opening ars poetica. In The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement, she transforms occasions of deception, cruelty, guilt, and grief in her fierce determination to name the truth. These poems are leavened by her wit and her lively associative imagination (a mushroom is a 'squat tree, rubber umbrella, one-legged stool'). Pain is often her subject, but Lockward's probing intelligence takes the reader beyond it into understanding and acceptance, 'the business of breathing in / and breathing out.'"
—Chana Bloch

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