H.D.

doolittle

The American poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is a strong inspiration to me. As a poet, she is credited as one of the first Imagists. The Imagists held three principles: direct treatment of the subject, allow no word that was not essential to the presentation, and follow the musical phrase rather than strict regularity in their rhythms. Rules that have long guided my own poetry…

Her romantic life was lush. She was engaged to Ezra Pound and a muse of the novelist D.H. Lawrence.

Her beauty and grace are apparent to the eye and prominent on the page:  

SEA POPPIES

AMBER husk
fluted with gold,
fruit on the sand
marked with a rich grain,
treasure
spilled near the shrub-pines
to bleach on the boulders:

your stalk has caught root
among wet pebbles
and drift flung by the sea
and grated shells
and split conch-shells.

Beautiful, wide-spread,
fire upon leaf,
what meadow yields
so fragrant a leaf
as your bright leaf?

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