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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 25

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by Wynne McClure.

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Ezra Pound

Liu Ch’e

The rustling of the silk is discontinued,
Dust drifts over the court-yard,
There is no sound of foot-fall, and the leaves
Scurry into heaps and lie still,
And she the rejoicer of the heart is beneath them:

A wet leaf that clings to the threshold.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

I feel I have known this woman for many years and know all about her.  The metaphor Ezra Pound has created astounds me. With his artistry of language, he  creates a funeral without language referring to it.  How do you see her?

– Wynne McClure

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“Liu Ch’e” appears in Personæ, which is available by clicking here.

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