Friday, January 17, 2014

Review of "Snow Globe" by Kathy Fagan

"Snow Globe" by Kathy Fagan, a teacher in the MFA Program at Ohio State University, was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on January 17, 2014.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23835?utm_source=PAD%3A+Snow+Globe+by+Kathy+Fagan&utm_campaign=poemaday_011714&utm_medium=email

The poem was inspired by Encounters at the End of the World, a documentary film by Werner Herzog.  A review of the movie by the New York Times, including links to movie clips, may be found here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/movies/11enco.html?_r=0.  Note that the last seconds of the first clip depicts the Antarctic scientists pressing their ears to the ice to listen to the calls of the seals swimming below them--an image which inspired Fagan more than any other, as she reveals in her notes, and which is responsible for the eerie images and haunting feelings evoked by her poem.

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