Friday, August 28, 2009

If a Clown

I don't think I've ever read a Stephen Dunn poem before that I really, truly liked (and many of them I really, truly dislike)—but I like this one, from the August 24, 2009, issue of The New Yorker: "If a Clown."

Ordinarily, I don't like poems that overflow with questions like this, but here, the shift to the kid at the end gives the poem the extra propulsion it needs to lift off.


Donald Brown said...

Well I'm glad you liked it.

Andrew Shields said...

It's funny, Don, but when I finished the poem, I actually thought, "I like that one, but Don Brown would not like it!" :-)

Donald Brown said...

well, there you have it; I've become predictable. Or...I guess I always was.