“Ars Poetica”

We begin volume 9 of Heron Tree with “Ars Poetica” by Karen George, created from “The Dragon’s Teeth,” a story in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales (1853). Please click here to read.

About the poem and its composition, Karen writes:

I selected “The Dragon’s Teeth” because I liked the title, and I quickly browsed the words and found that pages 61 and 62 contained the most words that interested me either by sound, image, or idea. I made a list of words I liked on each page in the order they appeared on the page, and began to see what words resonated with other words further down the page, until they began linking up into what I saw as an ars poetica poem.


Also by Karen George at Heron Tree: “The Wait,” “Lip of the Well,” “In the Well,” “In Sleep’s Cape,” and “Eve Takes to the Air.”