Meditation on a Bar Stool

"'Meditation on a Bar Stool' is a video poem [and] a meditation on breath, life, and death inspired by Buddha's teachings, which may or may not have expired. The poem uses simple animations suggestive of the swelling of a chest as one draws breath, the thinness that comes from letting it out, and the burning of a cigarette. Aptly paced for the meditative contemplation of words, and lines, the poem begins with a quote from Buddha, emphasizing some of its language through animation and scheduling, and then presenting a response from the speaker, who sits at a bar stool, savoring some of the guilty pleasures life has to offer. As you read (and reread) this concise lyric poem, think of what it's doing with certain binary opposites: exhale/inhale, life/death, outside/inside, and via negativa / via positiva." -- From I Love E-Poetry


Poems That Go

Published in 2000 by Poems That GO in Volume 1.

This copy was given to Megan Sapner Ankerson and Ingrid Ankerson in Spring 2019.