Poetry / Dear Anselm
:: Dear Anselm ::
:: As in Leaving the Pyroclastic Volcano ::
From the writer
:: Account ::
I took some emails I had written to my friend and decided to turn some of them into a poem. I still feel guilty for not returning his MoMA membership card.
“As in Leaving the Pyroclastic Volcano”
The first panel was inspired by the stark landscape of Northern Iceland. I imagined a brother and sister holding hands and witnessing a violent tradition (a whale helicoptered above the caldera of a volcano and dropped in). I guess it’s a metaphor for how adults treat the environment and what we pass to our children. The second panel is a kind of light Fruedian drama between two geysers in Iceland. This was inspired by a geyser that went dormant (the father) and the younger geyser (the son) who keeps blowing steam into the world. The third panel was written on the flight leaving Iceland. I turned on the TV and clicked on the flight path and we were flying above a place called “Happy Valley Goose Bay” and I loved the name so much, I had to put it into a poem.
Sandra Simonds is a poet and critic. Her eighth book of poems, a collection of triptychs, will be published by Wave Books in 2022. Her forthcoming novel, Assia (Noemi Press, 2023) is based on the life of Assia Wevill.