My latest poem was inspired by the American poet Ruth Stone- June 8, 1915 – November 19, 2011, who lived to the grand age of 96 years old.
She worked in the fields. She talked about feeling a poem coming towards her from over the horizon, when she felt it coming, it would cause the earth to shake under her feet. Then she would run and chase the poem, running back home to ‘catch it’, write it down. She had to get it on the paper fast enough, grab it before it was gone or she would miss it, and it would continue looking for another poet to be its writer.
Sometimes, she would almost miss it. She would run to the house and look for paper and the poem passes through her. She would grab a pencil just as it’s going through her and she would reach out with her other hand and she would catch it. She would catch the poem by its tail and she would pull it backwards into her body as she was transcribing on the page. These ‘tail-caught’ poems would come up on the page perfect and intact, but backwards, from the last word to the first! Amazing! xx