Lee Briccetti's Day Mark

On another blog, I hope to post on poetry and poets throughout the month, since April is national poetry month. Some of those posts I’ll publish here and probably before I send them there. Yesterday, I said that if you want poetry that makes you scratch your head, sign up for the Poem-a-day by the Academy of American Poets. I admit that I thought the chosen poems would be a bit thick, if you know what I mean. So I’m pleased to report that the first poem out of the box is thoughtful and beautiful. Lee Briccetti’s “Sacred Heart” is available on the academy’s website.

“Even as a girl I knew the heart was not a valentine;
it was wet, like a leopard frog on a lily pad”

The poem meditates on a painting of Jesus with an exposed chest, showing his heart glowing within him. I may not understand Briccetti’s intent in “Sacred Heart,” which seems to be a plea for emotional or spiritual salvation, but I admire the lack of bitterness which I think I see in many modern poems.

The poem is in a collection called Day Mark, published in March by Four Way Books. Another poem from the book, called “Something Useful,” is published on their website. It’s a warm-hearted perspective on “the fabulous bread of your fortunate life.”

Jeff Grim
Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.