As a few others have said already, I agree that this poem has a certain vagueness to it, which I love.
What really makes this poem work for me though is the fact that it forces me between two worlds; the modern and the middle ages. To be even more specific, it makes me think of reckless beauty and modern day unfiltered truth and realism.
That is something you don't see everyday on P&Q. This will be my first 5 of the day!
Jack Ramey is a poet, performer, and professor at Indiana University Southeast where he teaches a variety of writing courses. He has published two books of poetry: The Future Past (Dark House Press) and Death Sings in the Choir of Light (Springwood Press). In the 1980s he portrayed the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in his one-person show Dark Is a Long Way: An Evening with Dylan Thomas. The show had successful runs in New York and Los Angeles. More recently he has performed Whitman's "Song of Myself" at the New York Public Library and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum on Long Island. His educational DVD: William Blake: Imagination and Vision won an Aegis award in 2005.