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Poetic Elaboration

Huck and Jim may never have found their way into this poem about shoes but for poetic elaboration.

For the the full explanation of this exercise, listen to Charlie at the following links: stream (lo-fi), (hi-fi) or download (lo-fi), (hi-fi).

Below is Charlie’s sample poem.

New Shoes

I’m floating down the street with my new shoes flashing like a couple of holy ghosts wrapped around my toes, so white and bright they lighten my step uprising to a sense of purpose feeling free to be out of the box my new shoes smile at me, the liberator who bought their freedom for a couple of Jacksons and a little change, we’re partners now like Huck and Jim paddling up that old Mississippi river, we’re envoys of joy we represent adventure we’re like Lewis and Clark on a voyage of discovery the mere sight of us can lighten a heavy heart strangers want to talk to us “Hello, you’re looking fine” they say and my silent enigmatic shoes just carry me along in their existential shoe-ness leaving me to say “why thank you ma’am and you are looking mighty right there yourself” as we part the waves of the routine everyday, me in my new shoes and all of us

in our natural skin.

     –Charlie Rossiter

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