In honor of the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, we asked Entropy writers to share with us one of the first poems they ever read that got them excited about what poetry could do or changed the way that they thought about poetry, and one of their own poems that they are particularly proud of, still resonates with them, or an early poem.
I read Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette as an undergraduate and then again when I was assigned to present on her the first week of my MFA.
A POEM FROM THE AUTHOR:
Notley takes pleasure in truncation despite her infamous long forms. I set several of these calls and responses to the referenced composer and his music in this poem, which first appeared in Seneca Review‘s 2014 issue.