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VERSES: Ars Poetica  

Kim Johnson 2014
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Ars Poetica By: Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs, Leaving, as the moon releases Twig by twig the night-entangled trees, Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves, Memory by memory the mind— A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs. A poem should be equal to: Not true. For all the history of grief An empty doorway and a maple leaf. For love The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea— A poem should not mean But be.

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Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson is Class of 2014 at Hartford Union High School and is looking forwards to her future. While in high school, Kim has participated in several plays such as Satrdust, Anne Frank, and Our American Cousin. Musicals she as been involved with at the high school iclude South Pacific and Bye Bye Birdie. Kim also throughly enjoyed public speaking with her fellow forensicators her freshman and senior year.  Her passion for the arts and helping others has influenced her to pursue a degree in art therapy at either Carroll University or UW Stevens point. As for the far off future, Kim plans on using art therapy to help others on mission trips, maybe write a book or two, sing at the top of her lungs and make people smile.


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