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Horseshoe Falls

Posted by p.bohnert@hotmail.com on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Lakeland College in Ohio sponsored a Poetry Contest - their 24th Annual!  

Have you ever read The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates?  The protagonist, Ariah is widowed on the first night of her honeymoon.  Her new husband jumped into the falls at Niagara.  Ariah rejects her parent's pleas, shuns society's conventions in the 1950's and has a child on her own.  She supports herself with the piano lessons she gives.  When love finds her again she is catapulted into higher society strata.  All is relatively well until this husband betrays her.

It is a moving novel and the poem I wrote is an ode to her struggles which take her to the brink many times.

"Acid orange fuel that eats life's metal" and "Refusing to see the holes rusted in my barge"

are counterpoints to the "...piano lessons, plaited pig tails, lit birthday candles." that happen in most every mother's life.

The poem won an Honorable Mention at the contest.  Thank you Lakeland College for having a contest that pays for poet's creations!

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