August 6, 2009

David Romtvedt

SPRING IN THE COUNTRY

And sheep are led to the shearing shed.
They tumble out, shivering, bleeding. What good to tell them,
“look toward the blades, not away.”

from Rattle #30, Winter 2008
Tribute to Cowboy & Western Poetry

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David Romtvedt: “I’ve always wondered what some of the high modernist poets would make of life in rural Wyoming and so I began to write poems that were take-offs of some of those famous fellows. ‘Spring in the Country’ is from ‘In a Station of the Metro’ by Ezra Pound. But the poet who interested me most was Allen Ginsberg. I think he would have liked it here and we need a Jewish communist gay cowboy in the neighborhood.”