by Allan Wolf
Copyright © 2006 Allan Wolf. From the book Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet’s Life. Lark Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.
This is one of those short poems that you have to “read long.” The first stanza contains examples of onomatopoeia, words that sound like what they describe. The 2nd stanza lists all the things, in order, that make the sounds from the first stanza.
Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC. Before turning to writing full-time, Wolf was the educational director of Poetry Alive!, the national touring group that transforms poetry into theater. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College. Watch was also chosen this year’s North Carolina Book of the Year. With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf still travels the country presenting author visits and poetry shows for all ages.