Disappearing Poets: Craig Arnold in Japan
Who is Craig Arnold?
Craig Arnold is an American poet who received his B.A. in English from Yale and his pHD in Creative Writing from University of Utah in 2001. His book "Shells," published in 1999, won multiple awards and is considered an American classic.
Craig Arnold went missing on April 27th 2009 while visiting an active volcano on the volcanic island Kuchinoerabijima Japan.
He joins the ranks of lost poets like Welden Kees and Lew Welch. I like to believe that these poets have found a quite place to write.
One of the reasons I disappeared;
I started writing letters to myself,
I was writing one of these letters
when I felt an unnatural calm
in the air people slowed in pace
time seemed to almost stop
with each wing stroke of a small
blue canary size bird lost
in the airport, lost in Japan.
I remembered you and felt sad.
I put my hand out as a perch
thinking that maybe contact with this bird
would bring back a previous time
"Don't you understand birds?"
That was not your voice
but the message was made very clear
I do not understand birds
but I know why I am here.
This journey to the foot of the volcano
these are the words I promised you
the words you deserve, inspired by heat
lava cooling down and hardening
my journey into the pulsations of Earth
I will sing you each word as I fall
package and send syllable with a gracious
tongue. I will probably be lost forever.
- Disappearing Poets: Into the Woods With Lew Welch
Poetry Month Challenge # 21