Michael J. Whelan



Ars Poetica:
            Annunciation

That scrawny cry – It was
A chorister whose c preceded the choir

            "Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself"
                                                                         Wallace Stevens


Sometimes

below my lamp before my pen


is put to pad they
come

a procession of C’s
a solo O long lost

an N escaped
from send

an acolyte I

utterances
from the deep

that know no
ground

seeking to conceive
their own conception

hovering

over my empty
            page

like the Spirit

over the stunned
            Virgin.




Michael J. Whelan has studied poetry with Angela Budy Hollander at the Gettysburg Writers Conference and Robert Pinsky at the Aspen Literary Festival. His work will be appearing in The Healing Muse, The Cynic, The Little Patuxent Review, and Coachella Review; in addition, he is at work on a collection of poems tentatively titled After God. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.










                                    

 

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