It was you that broke the new wood.
Ezra Pound, “A Pact”
Old Ezra said to ditch the metronome
and use the musical phrase instead,
locked doors, keyholes, camisoles, not ideas.
Robert Lowell made it personal.
Mental illness was his muse,
his fingers trembling as the typewriter clacked.
Seamus Heaney brought us down to earth,
his pen scratching old words across the page,
bogs, tors, spades, blackberries, frogs.
But Old Walt Whitman was the daddy of them all,
whirling his words like a hurricane,
snapping trees, flooding streets, derailing trains.