Friday, July 31, 2009

Slamming Open the Door - Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno

Do any of you listen to "Fresh Air" on public radio? Did you hear the story a few nights ago about Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, the mother who wrote an incredible book of poetry after her daughter was murdered?

I didn't get to hear it at the time - but T did... normally he doesn't have the patience to listen to this kind of thing - but this one held his attention. So I listened today and was blow away...

The book is currently out of stock - but I can't wait to order it as soon as they get more.

Here is an excerpt from one of her poems...

Death Barged In
In his Russian greatcoat,
slamming open the door
with an unpardonable bang,
and he has been here ever since.

He changes everything,
rearranges the furniture,
his hand hovers
by the phone;
he will answer now, he says;
he will be the answer.

Tonight he sits down to dinner
at the head of the table
as we eat, mute;
later, he climbs into bed
between us.

Even as I sit here,
he stands behind me
clamping two
colossal hands on my shoulders
and bends down
and whispers to my neck:
From now on,
you write about me.

1 comment:

Michele said...

I enjoy NPR, although I missed this program. The poem is haunting...