The Poem As...

· Orchestra (not flute solo) that combines, varies, and recombines tempo, melody line, instrumental tone, and volume into a rounded (not linear) pattern

· Egg, not to tiptoe around, but to crack open and savour its yoke

· Macramé, multiple strands twined around a continuing meaning

· Gateway into deeper experience

· Fist, one by one the fingers opening to uncover, extend, and make meaning palpable

· Skein of wool, one strand gradually loosening and pulling forth the rest

· Ferret, trying to draw out the mole from its buried, winding pathways

· Words, not pasted flat like a collage of black and white newspaper cut-outs, but round, full colour, like a plump bird roosting on the palm.