Winner of the 2012 Poetry Prize
Catherine McGuire is a writer and artist with a deep interest in philosophy, the “Why we are here?” question that lurks under so much of our lives. Using nature as a mirror, she explores the way humans perceive themselves and their world. Her chapbook, Palimpsests, was published by Uttered Chaos (www.utteredchaos.org) in 2011. She is webmaster for the Oregon Poetry Association and claims her entire garden as her “poetry office”.
by Catherine McGuire
for Li Po
I begin to understand why poets become
wanderers, hermits –
why they disappear into mountains
sending back poems like autumn leaves
fluttering into town.
I see why the wind was a fine companion
and the shiny masks needed for city life
were – so gratefully – piled at the crossroad.
There is a desperation alive in the villages
that few except poets comprehend –
the pressure of so many glances
the hiss of a pot coming to boil.