“World’s Longest Marriage” (Marnie Brooks)

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eighty-five oak rings
lovebirds tweet
from their nest

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“World’s Longest Marriage” (MSN)

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Poem by Marnie Brooks (see poet biographies).

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  1. Chris White

    I love the first line of this. Interestingly, I think that the word “rings” has a kind of double-effect, describing the pattern in the wood, but also drawing attention to the sound of the line which “rings” out when read aloud. When I read it, I can’t help but get a sense of the sound which would be produced by rapping the wood with an object or my knuckles. And this despite the fact that the poem does nothing to suggest such activity semantically. But I think this effect broadens the poem and really takes me there, to the tree.

  2. Dick Whyte

    Lovely reading Chris – and yes, this is a lovely poem Marnie. There is something about the ‘ringing out’ of the first line which extends the idea of length. The sound accompanying the couple… ringing out with them over a number of years…

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