The Erin Clarke Poetry Hour - ⚡️Kristen Kalp

The Erin Clarke Poetry Hour

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Strap in, ’cause you’re about to discover the greatest poet you’ve never heard of — and it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to Erin Clarke!

I play Krista Tippett and ask questions, solicit readings of my favorite poems. Erin shows up and shines.

Tune in to The Erin Clarke Poetry Hour for this episode of That’s What She Said.

Love Erin (and of course you do…)? Here’s how to find more of her on the interwebs:

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What’s that, you want the scoop without listening? Here’s one of my favorite of Erin’s poems from her latest book, (Im)Perfect Blooms.

Do Nothing

Do nothing like a lion
napping in the shade,
waiting for the heavy sun
to drag across the sky,
for the heat to abate
into cool sweet darkness.

Do nothing like a bird singing
in no particular direction,
taking off in an eye-blink
to another branch
without warning or reason.

Do nothing like a baby hippo
cradled in the river,
doing a slow-motion moon-bounce
as its stamping feet
prance on the rocky bottom.

Do nothing like a rabbit,
back feet splayed out in
relaxation, munching on
a casual dandelion
under the covered comfort
of a blackberry bush.

Do nothing because
it is yours to do, always,
for this earth has fruit and shade
and water and it is never
had to be this hard.

Be wild and rest.
It is your birthright.

P.S. You can find my published poems here if you’re in the poetry mood…