Vera Pavlova


Picture taken by Victoria Nguyen. Picture of a page in Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Vera Pavlova
To converse with the greats

To converse with the greats
by trying their blindfolds on;
to correspond with books
by rewriting them;
to edit holy edicts,
and at the midnight house
to talk with the clock by tapping a wall
in the solitary confinement of the universe.

When I tried to interpret what this poem’s meaning is supposed to be, it was really hard to dawn on only one idea. I thought maybe the meaning was that to live like a specific person, you must put your feet in their shoes, as a metaphor, but that idea really only goes with first 4 lines. This poem is just a series of topics, but an endless amount of different ideas.

When I read this poem, I wondered, “What makes a poem so great?”

To me, what makes a poem great is where the reader can come up with a numerous amount of different ideas just from reading one poem – where there is no limit to imagination.


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