The Artist

Born to find his metaphor,
He used to play out in the woods.
He doesn’t do that anymore.

He went to school, found more and more
The can’ts, and don’ts, and musts, and shoulds.
Born to find his metaphor,

And live outside the either/or
(A way to tear the rules to shreds),
He doesn’t do that anymore.

On the Enneagram a 4,
He was a captive to his moods.
Born to find his metaphor,

An ice-cream cup with flimsy oar
(Quixote-ed verisimilitudes!),
He doesn’t do that anymore;

He doesn’t know what it was for.
Merlot relieves the platitudes.
Born to find his metaphor,
He doesn’t do that anymore.

Kim Bridgford

Kim Bridgford

Kim Bridgford is the cultural curator of the Poetry by the Sea Reading Series at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the artistic director of the music and poetry series at 30th Street Station, and the founder and director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference (www.poetrybytheseaconference.org). As the editor of Mezzo Cammin (www.mezzocammin.com), she is the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, a comprehensive database of women poets, which has been celebrated at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at PAFA, and at Fordham University-Lincoln Center. Bridgford is the author of nine books of poetry, including the recent Human Interest. The recipient of grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the NEA, and the Ucross Foundation, she is the collaborative partner of visual artist Jo Yarrington; their three-volume series “The Falling Edge,” a photographic / poetic take on their travels to Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan, will be released shortly. With Russell Goings, Bridgford rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, in honor of The Children of Children Keep Coming, for which she wrote the introduction.
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Kim Bridgford is the cultural curator of the Poetry by the Sea Reading Series at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the artistic director of the music and poetry series at 30th Street Station, and the founder and director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference (www.poetrybytheseaconference.org). As the editor of Mezzo Cammin (www.mezzocammin.com), she is the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, a comprehensive database of women poets, which has been celebrated at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at PAFA, and at Fordham University-Lincoln Center. Bridgford is the author of nine books of poetry, including the recent Human Interest. The recipient of grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the NEA, and the Ucross Foundation, she is the collaborative partner of visual artist Jo Yarrington; their three-volume series “The Falling Edge,” a photographic / poetic take on their travels to Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan, will be released shortly. With Russell Goings, Bridgford rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, in honor of The Children of Children Keep Coming, for which she wrote the introduction.