Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Driving the Beast" by Christopher Bakken

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July 19, 2017

Driving the Beast

Christopher Bakken

About This Poem


"The hunt described here took place on a remote Greek island, where all events ring with elemental significance, and where a violent encounter with the landscape is more likely to break the deepest things open. My poem works in conversation with another poem of unforeseen discovery: Robert Frost's 'The Most of It.' In 'Driving the Beast,' I acknowledge the debt by incorporating Frost's own ironic monosyllables (his poem ends: 'and that was all'). I think that line also led me to employ the 4/9 syllabic pattern, which now sends my poem tumbling down the page."
—Christopher Bakken


Christopher Bakken is the author of Eternity & Oranges (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). He directs writing workshops in Thessaloniki and Thasos, Greece, and teaches at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


Photo credit: Kelly Gorney

Poetry by Bakken


Eternity & Oranges

(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016)

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"A Greek Island" by Edward Hirsch


"Horse's Adventure" by Jason Bredle


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