George Bowering, “Prairie” and “Mud Time”

  1. What is it that Bowering finds “absurd” about the city skyline? Why?
  2. Examine the details in Bowering’s “Mud Time.” If you were to write a similar poem about this, or another season, what details would you choose to create the feeling you have into the poem? (Remember that a good poem uses only as many words as are necessary to achieve its effect.)
  3. Note how Bowering’s final statement suggests the atmosphere of spring as he feels it. How could you end your poem to suggest your feelings?
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