Thursday, October 18, 2012

Poetry Friday: Falling

I'm not a big fan of long poems, but I do have a few I enjoy reading and re-reading. This one is a favorite.

It seems especially suitable in a grim yet oh-so-lovely way after Fearless Felix's successful jump from the stratosphere this week.

The poem is by James Dickey (of Deliverance fame), and was based on this true incident.

A 29-year-old stewardess fell ... to her
death tonight when she was swept
through an emergency door that sud-
denly sprang open ... The body ...
was found ... three hours after the
                              —New York Times

Since it cannot be accurately formatted here, I'm including a link to the full version at Poetry Foundation

Irene is hosting over at Live Your Poem (great way to live btw!).Thanks, Irene!


Author Amok said...

Great connection between this week's news and the poem. It's a powerful imagining. I was wondering whether Dickey tried to match the length of the poem to the time of the fall -- he gives the stewardess a tragically large amount of time to think.

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

wow that is a poem. I agree, it seems she had way too much time to fall and think and shed clothes on the way down. I was just watching the stratosphere jump on YouTube and was amazed trying to imagine it. great text to life connection!