What Sparks Poetry


What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature in which we invite poets to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

In the occasional series, Reprise, we republish some of the most loved essays from What Sparks Poetry’s archives.

“Explore What Sparks Poetry” is made possible with funding from The Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Hua Xi on Bhanu Kapil’s “Seven Poems for Seven Flowers and Love in All Its Forms”

I love a poem that is about everything. Bhanu Kapil’s tender “Seven Poems for Seven Flowers and Love in All Its Forms” is this way, both about flowers and about not flowers, expansive and contracting in its scope.

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Make him come back, she said,
her voice like something brought up intact
from the cold center of a lake.

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In order to understand that all living beings are alike, no matter how dissimilar we may seem, we must transform our relationship with nature and assume a new stance; we must situate ourselves neither above nor below the other creatures on Earth, but beside them.

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