We labor with language, our pointed wits
flashing like sewing needles in a sweatshop.
But it’s no sweat. We like it. It keeps us
keen and intensely busy. Of course, it’s
not the cloth—which fits or doesn’t, lasts
or frays, flows out in patterns already dated
or slavishly in fashion—no, not the cloth,
but the cadence. A cadence that rocks us
around the clock like waves slapping a hull:
the tide we think in time with, though we know
its isn’t the measure of truths being woven,
but the unraveling palaver of our hearts.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2019, has published 20 collections of poems and edited or co-edited three poetry anthologies. He currently directs two master’s-level programs for University College at the University of Denver: Professional Creative Writing and Arts & Culture Management. Joe lives with his wife, Melody Madonna, in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born.
Joe, You rocked in your reading of “Lexicomania!” You, and your audience gathered around the flames of the firepit, co-created a magical event!
Joe, I so much wished to be there. Looks like it was a beautiful event. Congratulations!