RING RING POEM FOUR, Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, MN; May 13-16

Lake of the Isles, Spring 2013

Lake of the Isles—the park bench opposite 2637 Lake of the Isles Parkway.

Lightsey Darst’s untitled poem is the epitome of what I wanted for Ring Ring Poetry-  a poem that was written for a moment in time, and a very specific place. The day we recorded this poem in late April, the lake was still covered in ice, and over the course of the evening it began to snow again. Lightsey’s poem negotiates the landscape that was present and the landscape she imagined underneath the snow, as well as negotiating past, present, and future in the love described in the piece. The poem runs about five minutes long. Phone 612 223-POEM to hear the piece.

Lightsey Darst writes, dances, writes about dance and other arts, and teaches. Her books are Find the Girl and the forthcoming DANCE (both Coffee House Press). Her poetic work appears in Typo, Spork, and Diagram. Her criticism is online at mnartists.org, The Huffington Post, and Bookslut.

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