Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
There was a time when people played games involving strategy that did not involve mashing buttons on their phones. You don’t actually have to go all the way back to Arthurian Britain to find such things, but in my Arthurian poetry I imagine Taliessin, the king’s bard, doing it, just because I can.
TALIESSIN PLAYETH AT CHESS
A pawn moves out to open up a lane
Which might allow a bishop to advance.
Three moves ahead–at least–anticipate!
Beware the lurking knight. He lurks in vain;
The square he wants is covered. With a glance,
We spot potential weakness. So, we wait.
If we can bring just one more piece to bear,
The trap is ready. So proceeds the dance.
If not perceived until it is too late,
This seemingly inconsequential square . . .
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