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“Rune of the Finland Woman,” by Marilyn Hacker

July 7, 2010

A poem that can dandle foundlings in their mother tongue.

At 1.34 or so, the word I stumble over is important.  Not imported or Humperdinck or some other near homophone.  This poem is a tongue twister, devilish-hard to read cleanly all the way through.  And you know, that’s one of the reasons I love “Finland Woman” and am dazzled by the Finland Woman: the things she can do, while I can barely read her!

I read “Rune of the Finland Woman” from Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism, edited by Mark Jarman and David Mason (Story Line, 1996).

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Shanna permalink
    July 8, 2010 8:18 am

    I remember this from class.. Very difficult to read. You did well though, as you always do. Can I request that you read ‘Praying Drunk’? That was one of my favorites.

  2. July 8, 2010 12:20 pm

    Thanks, Shanna. And “Praying Drunk”? For sure! I’m pretty sure it’s in that same collection as this one, which is sitting right here beside me. Look for it tomorrow.

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