raymond carver | poem for hemingway and w.c. williams

19 10 2007

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Poetry Dispatch No. 69 | May 15, 2006

In addition to expressing an occasional fondness for writers writing about writing, I also confess a certain appreciation , at times, for writers revealing an interest in the lives, work, art of other writers. Dissertations, no doubt, have been written comparing Hemingway to countless authors. Yet, in this one, short poem, Ray Carver perfectly captures the character of each man and the nature of his particular art—while quietly revealing his own substance and style. Norbert Blei

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POEM FOR HEMINGWAY & W.C. WILLIAMS by Raymond Carver

3 fat trout hang
in the still pool
below the new
steel bridge.
two friends
come slowly up
the track.
one of them,
ex-heavyweight,
wears an old
hunting cap.
he wants to kill,
that is catch &. eat,
the fish.
the other,
medical man,
he knows the chances
of that.
he thinks it fine
that they should
simply hang there
always
in the clear water.
the two keep going
but they
discuss it as
they disappear
into the fading trees
& fields & light,
upstream.

from FIRES








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