Carol Hamilton: “Following Yeats and Gonne”
FOLLOWING YEATS AND GONNE
Lectures and footnotes
and biographies and old news films
and letters and lives poured out
and speculated over and over,
and I, too, immersed,
not just curious, but involved,
tossed about with how life
tumbles us and how we thrash
to switch-twitch with such purpose
and passion, terror…even gratitude.
And so I wonder my way
through others’ lives, and never
truly manage to create
a neat and tidy tale to weave
through my own terribly
gyring-about and wondrous days.
Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in numerous journals, including Louisiana Literature, Hawaii Pacific Review, Southwest American Literature, Birmingham Literary Journal, San Pedro River Review, Adirondack Review, Commonweal, and others. Hamilton has published 17 books: children’s novels, legends, and poetry. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.