Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Sentences and Where He Went
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
The brief poems of today’s column were written by Edward Nobles of Bangor about his father, who abandoned Nobles’ family. The absence his father left behind was “silent and ominous,” Nobles says, adding: “These two poems are aftershocks.”
The sledgehammer cracks like my father’s heavy shouts until the stone starts to break. The sound then is different. Only a thumb’s touch is needed.The division is final.
Where He Went
My father gave up wife children friends dog car house every worldly possession traveling far into a strange space bottles rotating shuffling clinking searching vaguely for a genie poof!
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Sentences copyright © 2000 by Edward Nobles. Reprinted from The Bluestone Walk, Persea Books, 2000, by permission of Edward Nobles. Where He Went copyright © 2010 by Edward Nobles. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, Special Assistant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at 207-228-8263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.