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"The Sacramento," Jeff Knorr

Author: Jeff Knorr

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Natasha Floersch (Nov 07 2019 9:54PM) : "Subtile" art installation more

It’s interesting that the poem is about the river, yet the video focuses on an art installation next to the river. There’s so much happening in the art piece that it could be the subject of its own poem. Here I think I’d like to see a photo or video of the actual river, to compare to the picture in my mind’s eye created by the poem.

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The river is pressing itself into banks drifting against light and stones.
The wind is flittering just a little brushing grasses and shifting against
the oaks and cottonwood trees. A few swallows dive sharply for insects and a heron
hides in the reeds while the red tailed hawk circles above on a distant cyclone of air.
They search the tall grass for the secrets that hold us together.
Cyclists hum along the hot asphalt of the bike trail then out past parks
where families picnic, where children learn the mysteries of minnows and of mud.
The salmon and stripers nose up the current, fi nd the slow eddies to hold them tonight.
Geese head in from the rice fields honking; the moon begins to climb the pathways of night
only the air knows. It lights the surface of this ribbon of river.
Let us come, let us be guided by the wandering of the water.
Let us look in and see our reflections, hold them. Let this water make us do right.

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Natasha Floersch (Nov 07 2019 9:56PM) : How different creatures experience the river more

I like how Knorr describes the actions of the different creatures in and around the river – from birds, to fish, to children.

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Natasha Floersch (Nov 07 2019 9:50PM) : Personification more

“The river is pressing itself” – this is different from how many authors describe a river (e.g., “drifting”) – Knorr makes it sound like the river is in control of its own actions

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ANJELINA ABRAMS (May 08 2019 9:44AM) : Specifics more

In his poem, he describes specific things that he sees, like the type of bird (swallows) and what he sees them doing (diving sharply)

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ANJELINA ABRAMS (May 08 2019 9:48AM) : Metaphors more

I noticed that he also uses metaphors in his poem, talking about fishes wishing for them to be held tonight. So it seems to be he has also made comparisons or references.

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Natasha Floersch (Nov 07 2019 9:59PM) : Contrasting imagery more

I like the contrasting images in the last two sentences. We are not usually “guided by…wandering” but that is what he asks of us here. Similar to
“holding” our reflections in the last sentence – an impossible task?

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ANJELINA ABRAMS (May 08 2019 9:46AM) : Seriousness more

He seems to be more serious at this last sentence, almost like this whole poem had a purpose, and that there was a specific intention of writing this poem, like there was a meaning, and this last line sort of gave off that impression.

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marylin grayer (Jul 08 2020 12:35PM) : what kind of meaning? more

maybe they are talking about us looking at the world different and when we get those facts maybe we will do right the second time around.

DMU Timestamp: May 31, 2018 00:33

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Damarion walker (Jul 16 2020 10:52PM) : I The video it was nice and detailed more

The video it was nice and detailed

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