Collaborative Close Readings
Poem and audio recording (by Anne Waldman): http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15228
Audio recording by me (because, although I love Anne Waldman, her reading is a bit rushed and dramatic for me): http://vocaroo.com/i/s1bCPanl0Tbk
Honestly, I’m not sure where to start with this poem. A long time favorite, I guess what I love best about it is its openness. Rich uses such concrete imagery in her portrayal of the gathering of supplies, putting on the diving suit and equipment and descending to explore the wreck, but the metaphoric potential is varied. As I’ve been exploring the poem more deeply over the last couple of days, I’ve done a literal reading, a personal reading, a feminist reading, and a meta-poetical reading (my favorite…thanks, Al!).
With her shifting of the “I” and her focus on words and story, what’s your take on the poem?