Had You Not Outline

Topics: Poetry, Love, Marriage Pages: 3 (711 words) Published: February 6, 2013

Slide 1: Title Slide

COURTNEY Slide 2: Poem, Had You Not
Had you not hinted
It would be appropriate
For me to kiss you
Beneath the silver moon,
I may have avoided you
And Prufrocked myself through life—
Singing nothing but an etherized song.

Had you not suggested
Spring was a good season
For us to make love,
I might have buried myself
In a library trying to find why
Henry James’ delicate wound
Kept him on the sidelines,
While the match played out
Before his fearful eyes.

Had you not intimated
I had but precious time—
And so little of that—
Until you would leave
And extinguish the sun,
I could have held
Lady Macbeth by the waist
And waltzed her off
To the province of hell.

Had you not proposed
This compact between us,
By which we choose our words
To write the only story
Worth telling at all,
I would have closed my Bible
And nailed myself to the wall.

KAYLA Slide 3: Bart Edelman was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1951 and spent his childhood in Teaneck. He moved to California after earning both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University in New York. Crossing the Hackensack was Edelman's first book of poetry, and was published in 1993. Edelman's second book, ‘Under Damaris Dress’ was published in 1996. The Alphabet of Love, Edelman's third collection, was published in 1999. His fourth was The Gentle Man, published in 2001. His fifth book is The Lost Mojito, published in 2005. His most recent is The Geographer’s Wife published in 2012. His poetry has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary journals. He currently lives in Pasadena and is an English professor at Glendale College. -All information was found at bartedeman.com/bio.

1st Stanza- Sounds like a love story, couple’s first kiss, new love starting, someone finally making the first move and if not, would have stayed affray.

2nd Stanza- Relationship blossoms into making love, again hinted by the same...
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