Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Worry Bone
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Waking in the morning anxious about troubled dreams he couldn’t trace was not a happy experience for today’s poet, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc of Portland. Yet he “took paper in trade” for it, and the description he wrote became today’s fine poem.
Worry Bone by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Woke gnawing its remains. Air the brackish tinge of depths I hadall night been swimming in. No bird song from the vine-covered fencemy room looks out on—not even the pigeons’ manic calls. I talkedmyself down from the bed, a loft, took paper in trade for the splinteredbone—human or animal I don’t know. I’d picked it clean though,chewed the joint, cracked one end, sucked the marrow. Tell me,Mind, why you ravaged this limb-part. Tell me what its owner told you in the dark.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2012 Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. Reprinted from Death of a Ventriloquist, University of North Texas Press, 2012, by permission of Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.