Wednesday, March 14, 2012

From a Thrift Score

I found a fun children's nonfiction book at the thrift store recently, an illustrated paperback from the 1970s with explanations about different everyday things like foods, metals, modes of transportation, etc. The book is supposedly about "How Things Are Made," but the little essays on different topics give all sorts of facts about their subjects. I'm not sure yet if these essays will inspire a whole series of found poems, but I've been working on a couple of poems so far, and here's one...

Untarnished

Carbon plus iron plus chromium
and maybe some nickel?

Stainless steel. It takes
a high polish and can resist

rust and acid. Kitchen knives,
door knobs, golf club heads

and fishing gear? Stainless steel.
We also use it for mirrors

when glass is too fragile.