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PostSubject: Poem: Virginia Hamiliton Adair's "Peeling an Orange"   Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:11 pm

I remember reading this poem in one of my classes and I really enjoyed it. I was wondering if anyone else out there enjoys it as much as I do. What do you think about it?
Peeling an Orange

Between you and a bowl of oranges I lie nude
Reading The World's Illusion through my tears.
You reach across me hungry for global fruit,
Your bare arm hard, furry and warm on my belly.
Your fingers pry the skin of a navel orange
Releasing tiny explosions of spicy oil.
You place peeled disks of gold in a bizarre pattern
On my white body. Rearranging, you bend and bite
The disks to release further their eager scent.
I say "Stop, you're tickling," my eyes still on the page.
Aromas of groves arise. Through green leaves
Glow the lofty snows. Through red lips
Your white teeth close on a translucent segment.
Your face over my face eclipses The World's Illusion.
Pulp and juice pass into my mouth from your mouth.
We laugh against each other's lips. I hold my book
Behind your head, still reading, still weeping a little.
You say "Read on, I'm just an illusion," rolling
Over upon me soothingly, gently moving,
Smiling greenly through long lashes. And soon
I say "Don't stop. Don't disillusion me."
Snows melt. The mountain silvers into many a stream.
The oranges are golden worlds in a dark dream.


-Virginia Hamilton Adair

Any good? Lend me your thoughts Smile

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PostSubject: I found it...   Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:57 pm

I thought this was a good piece. Full of scandalousness, crying, laughter, all good things rolled into one! Smile

Is the man in the poem actually an illusion? Is that why she's reading the world's illusion?

Intriguing

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PostSubject: The way I see it   Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:37 am

I see it as a dream of a past lover; or maybe a dream of Mr. Perfect...someone unattainable. That's why she is crying and it's a "dark dream" (from the last line).

Possible? Maybe...

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PostSubject: Re: Poem: Virginia Hamiliton Adair's "Peeling an Orange"   Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:35 pm

Nicki wrote:
I see it as a dream of a past lover; or maybe a dream of Mr. Perfect...someone unattainable. That's why she is crying and it's a "dark dream" (from the last line).

That's a cool way to look at it. I thought that maybe the guy she was with just doesn't pay attention to her anymore so she is driven to have these sexy imaginations about him haha

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PostSubject: Re: Poem: Virginia Hamiliton Adair's "Peeling an Orange"   Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:26 pm

I didn't think about that! That could be a very likely interpretation!

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