The Prophetess

The Prophetess Jonathan Fink "The three poems featured here were written over the course of a year when I was searching for a way to integrate my interests in form, meter, imagery and narrative. I wanted to try to make these poems, both in content and form, as inclusive, accessible, rhythmical, lyrical and expansive as possible. "In two of the poems, `The Captive' and `A Pound of Flesh,' I wanted to write about my adolescence. `The Captive' hopefully conveys the complexity of experience I felt and observed. What led me through the writing of the poem was the hope that the reader would come away feeling that the complexities of racism, homophobia and isolation transcend any pat stance or ideological encapsulation. `A Pound of Flesh' was my first attempt at writing an intentionally humorous poem. The part about sitting in the walk-in freezer each shift until I stopped sweating is true. Lastly, regarding `The Prophetess,' I often talk with students about how, when working with allusion, you have the benefit of a rich palette with which to work but have to develop your poetry own poem so that its subject and convictions move beyond the initial allusion. Who wants to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Prophetess

The Missouri Review, Volume 30 (1) – Apr 25, 2007

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University of Missouri
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Copyright © 2007 by The Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved.
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1548-9930
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Jonathan Fink "The three poems featured here were written over the course of a year when I was searching for a way to integrate my interests in form, meter, imagery and narrative. I wanted to try to make these poems, both in content and form, as inclusive, accessible, rhythmical, lyrical and expansive as possible. "In two of the poems, `The Captive' and `A Pound of Flesh,' I wanted to write about my adolescence. `The Captive' hopefully conveys the complexity of experience I felt and observed. What led me through the writing of the poem was the hope that the reader would come away feeling that the complexities of racism, homophobia and isolation transcend any pat stance or ideological encapsulation. `A Pound of Flesh' was my first attempt at writing an intentionally humorous poem. The part about sitting in the walk-in freezer each shift until I stopped sweating is true. Lastly, regarding `The Prophetess,' I often talk with students about how, when working with allusion, you have the benefit of a rich palette with which to work but have to develop your poetry own poem so that its subject and convictions move beyond the initial allusion. Who wants to

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Published: Apr 25, 2007

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