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BLOOM! (poetry)

blockOften to understand poetry, it helps to compare two poems of a similar subject. On this episode I will be comparing a new poet to an old one. The new: Jeremiah Cobra is a writer and poet living in Souther California. He recently published his first book of short stories and poems in a compilation, "Beauty and Perspective."

(You can purchase Jeremiah's book on amazon) I'll be reading and discussing his poem A Flower's Bloom. The old: William Blake (1757-1827). Blake is one of the great Romantic poets of the 18th and 19th century. Considered a visionary in his own time, his series Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience commonly portray a deceptively simplistic scene, but hide a beautifully dark vision of the world.

(You can purchase The Complete Poems of William Blake, Penguin Classics on Amazon) I'll be reading and discussing his poem The Blossom.

A Flower's Bloom

Jeremiah Cobra

My heart leapt in my chest

When my eyes met this flower,

Its leaves glistening

From an afternoon shower.

I thought I should be

Forevermore inspired

To behold its bloom—

A most radiant fire.

I acquired it at once,