local_library Part of Making

by Pamela Carter

Published in Issue No. 263 ~ April, 2019

part of making


in other words

it’s possible one could study creating,


reveal how sometimes the path is simple,

the sentiments familiar, the figures recurring

— templates worth emulating:


the finding of forms, the following of set formulae,


and learn, also,


of putting aside the well-known models, deciding, instead,

the answer, the refrain, the power expression


lies in pressing back on the relentlessness

of formulae,


but not so as to prevent

the song-like from sauntering

down these stately abandoned streets.




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Pamela Hobart Carter used to be a teacher who wrote on the side. Now she is a writer who teaches on the side. Decades ago Carter earned an MS in geology. Her love of rocks and unconsolidated sediment endures.