Luann Landon is the author of Dinner at Miss Lady's, a memoir-cookbook; and of South Bound, a collection of narrative poems. Her book of haiku, Spider Shallow Coral Bells, will be published in 2020. She lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Many poets write on memory, its desire and despair, but few writers write so well of it, and fewer still are able to successfully foster it toward not only narrative but also toward beauty, where it belongs.
Second stanzas are often the place where the consequences of a poem’s formal decisions become apparent to the reader (and the writer). What has begun in glad impromptu stiffens into law, and a self-aware poem has to reckon with that.