I talked with her on my Somerville Community Access TV Show Poet to Poet Writer to Writer.
Doug Holder: What is a poem?
Jean Monahan: Richard Howard said to me: " A poem is a made thing." There is a very big difference between poetry and journalism, as well as diary writing, a letter, etc... A poem is the initial impulse and then all that shaping and crafting.
Molten. Singed. The heat was in our mouths:
it took our words away.
The trick is to embrace what absorbs
and dissolves you, let each stroke pull
When you step on a fish, you take on its power.
The edge of the lake is where we end.
the sky is white with dying stars.
Only those with water in their ears