This week, the spotlight is on Murray Silverstein and his poem, “Back Porch, Twilight,” published first in Hunger Mountain.
Q: What inspired you to write “Back Porch, Twilight”?
The intersection of a phrase (“garden on its late-summer binge”), a situation (especially beautiful late summer afternoon), some quiet time (“twenty minutes most”), a desire to write, to write down the phrase, and follow my nose.
Q: How long did it take you to write it?
That’s the following my nose part. Maybe forty drafts over two years.
Excerpt of “Back Porch, Twilight”:
Back porch, twilight, garden on its late-summer binge.
Striders all over the pond. My mother called them Jesus bugs.
They don’t, though, walk so much as land, dimple-&-drift
on water, give it—you can almost hear—a sideways thwack
to launch a sideways hop. Or hump, they hump the water
& drift! Sparks of manic desiring alternate with perfect ease.
To read the complete work, visit Hunger Mountain.