Carley said she saw this and heard my voice in the third panel. While this is true and I would truly say that, I’d like to draw your attention to the alt version below. Paula Dean has Satan’s eyes, and I’d like you all to never forget that. Walk down the magazine aisle and gawk in horror as at least three Paula Dean’s gaze into your soul.
I assume this question was for me to say what I thought of this poem? That definitely could have been clearer, Peter.
As for the poem: DAMN. Sylvia Plath has always had it going on, but I’d never run across this poem. This blew me away. Mind you, I only read it a few times, but I really love the way words are innovative in a pleasant way. She uses words that may be cliche or wordy, but in a way that makes them astonishing. I draw your attention to the fourth to last stanza:
I am terrified by this dark thing
That sleeps in me;
All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.
This is not a new or thrilling idea, but the personification of the thing within her as a creature like a bird living in the tree (which she has become in the poem) is an incredibly effective image and lets me forgive stanzas like the third which struck me as out of place.I also appreciate that the voice was easy to understand, it was established in the beginning that the author is quoting what the Elm said. One last quick note on the tone: I loved that it started off somewhat dark and moved to very tense, dark imagery towards the end. That subtle tone shift throughout builds reader anticipation and keeps them reading.
I don’t know if that answered your “question”, but I’m going to cut off my editor brain and get back to editing my peers work. Thanks for the poem, Peter!