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"The Sacramento," Jeff Knorr

Author: Jeff Knorr

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Natasha F (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 F (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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Isabelle L (Feb 05 2021 1:09PM) : are they talking about the river guiding them?
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Natasha F (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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Dehao L (Feb 05 2021 9:40AM) : I like the connection used between the similarities of wind of the environment. It shows the author has some sense of the surrounding making comparisons with it.
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Dehao L (Feb 05 2021 9:50AM) : This line helps sort of introduce an cadence. I say this because this line seems to give a calm mood that doesn't seem to bring any big messages or hints but instead making comparisons using the environment around them.
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ANGELINA T (Mar 03 2021 10:22PM) : Knorr uses imagery and personification in the first two lines. more

He uses personification to make it seem like the river is in control of its actions and imagery in line 2 to give the reader an idea of what the environment is like. “The river is pressing itself.” “little brushing grasses and shifting against.”

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ANJELINA A (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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Isabelle L (Feb 05 2021 1:29PM) : what do they mean by five sharply? what does that mean?
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ANGELINA T (Mar 03 2021 2:30PM) : I like how detailed Knorr's writing is because as I read I can visualize everything that is happening. more

An example of this is when Knorr says “The wind is flittering just a little brushing grasses and shifting against the oaks and cotton wood trees.”

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Dehao L (Feb 05 2021 9:42AM) : This is a type of image that will stay with me. I said this because learning how two people can stay together could be interesting since it may be different for many people.
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Dehao L (Feb 05 2021 9:48AM) : This line could have a lot of ambiguity in it because secrets between people can either be bad or good. I feel that way because people could stay together for either bad or good reasons. [Edited] more

This line may also be a connote because the line itself can mean a lot more then it actually seems because when it comes to secret messages it would usually always be a sort message. I say this because this line feels like it has some sort of meaning like the comparison between finding secrets in tall grass which means finding a secret is hard because when you lose a item in tall grass it almost impossible to find unless you have a sharp eye or the item itself is easily visible.

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Kiran C (Feb 03 2021 10:51AM) : "the mysteries of minnows and of mud." I like the sound of the repeated "M" sound. more

The sound"mmm" SOUNDS indistinct and undefined… and muddy.

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Isabelle L (Feb 05 2021 1:20PM) : This makes me feel happy because I use to have picnics with my family and it reminds me of those times.
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ANJELINA A (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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Dehao L (Feb 05 2021 9:44AM) : Seeing this actually i feel like would be nice. I said that because sometimes light shining on the water can be pretty.
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Isabelle L (Feb 05 2021 1:17PM) : This makes me feel happy because the moon is shining over the river and I think that would look very pretty
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ANGELINA T (Mar 03 2021 2:43PM) : This line gives me a feeling of tranquility. more

one because when the light from the moon reflects on a river it looks really pretty and two because the environment itself seems really nice and chill.

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Natasha F (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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Isabelle L (Feb 05 2021 1:21PM) : What does the author mean by "hold them"? Too hold the reflection?
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ANGELINA T (Mar 03 2021 3:40PM) : Question more

When the Knorr mentioned holding the reflection of whoever the water is reflecting does he mean for the person to look deeper within or comfort themself? Or is there a whole other meaning to holding your reflection.

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ANJELINA A (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 g (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.

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Isabelle L (Feb 05 2021 1:11PM) : what does he mean by "let this water do us right?"
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ANGELINA T (Mar 04 2021 5:42PM) : Mood more

Overall this poem gives me as the reader a feeling of calmness. This is because of the atmosphere that the author chose in order to evoke feelings within the reader.

DMU Timestamp: May 31, 2018 00:33

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Damarion w (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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Alana B (Nov 13 2020 3:24PM) : overall theme more

By having water as the theme to this poem and ending in “Let this water make us do right.” I am reminded how water is a finite resource, especially in California. The cyclists along asphalt was almost assaulting within a poem otherwise about nature.

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