American Life in Poetry
A feature provided by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006
As a writer and reader,
there’s hardly anything I enjoy more than coming upon fresh new ways of
describing things, and here’s a sparkling way of looking at an avalanche, by
Marty Walsh, who lives in Maine.
The snow's/feet slip
slope it comes
flat on its back
as it passes,
left and right
until it comes
to a juddering
of the little village
in the valley far below.
American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Introduction copyright © 2009 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.