In 2002, I received my autographed copy of POEMS TO READ: A new favorite poem project anthology edited by Robert Pinsky.
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Robert Pinsky was hailed as America's poet laureate for three years by an act of congress in Washington D.C.
My commentary on Gerard Manley Hopkins' " Spring and Fall " was published from just 200 commentaries on favorite poems selected from over 25,000 entries.
I submitted my commentary in 1998.
Here is the poem I chose:
Spring and Fall
Margaret are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost gussed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Here is my commentary on the poem:
It was a strange flash, I was reciting this poem for the umpteenth time when all of a sudden I saw the scenery of my childhood: the old road on the way to the shopping center; my father driving me past a winery, the autumn trees shedding their leaves, the whole thing feeling so alien and remote, yet also very intimate. It was all so long ago. My mother was sick then. She is dead now, and so is my father.
Michael Finberg, 40, writer, California.