The Tune of It
A response to Hailey Leithauser’s poem
“Short, Sweet” for 32 Poems Magazine
down the sheet
like notes rising
sounds abound repeat
upon the ear
slant rhyme cambering
the iamb (lifting) into
(yes the tune of it)
Previously published in 32 Poems, with accompanying Celtic flute by Christine Hemp.
Christine Hemp has read her poems and essays on NPR’s Morning Edition, and her awards include a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. A poem of hers traveled over 1.5 billion miles on a NASA mission to monitor the birth of stars. She is author of “That Fall.” Hemp also plays Celtic and jazz flute, often weaving poetry into her performances. A former art critic, she is drawn to writing poems from paintings and sculpture; one was featured recently at a Seattle gallery which paired writers with single pieces of art. Hemp teaches poetry and nonfiction at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She lives with her husband and horses in Port Townsend, Washington.