Monday, April 24, 2017

“My Friends” by Ali Power

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April 24, 2017

My Friends

Ali Power

About This Poem


"I wrote 'My Friends' for my friends, specifically for my friends who are poets. The lines 'the furniture is covered / in bluets' and the appearance of table water crackers are nods to the James Schuyler poem 'The Bluet.' Schuyler so often put his friends in his poems, something I've always loved about his poetry and others of the New York School poets from whom I learned to see poetry not as a hobby or an occupation, but as what Carter Ratcliff calls, 'a certain modus vivendi, a way of life.'"
—Ali Power


Ali Power is the author of A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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A Poem for Record Keepers

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