The Poetic Hill


Terrence Sykes was born and raised in the rural coal-mining area of Virginia, where, he says, “isolation brings the theme of remembrance to my creations, whether real or imagined.” In addition to poetry, his interests include cooking, gardening, heirloom vegetable research, and foraging wild edibles. His poetry, photography, and flash fiction have been published in Bangladesh, Canada, Ireland, India, Mauritius, Scotland, Spain, and the US.

Sykes was inspired to write this ekphrastic poem after seeing an exhibit of French flowers in Richmond, Virginia.

we gathered in abandon
wild poppies

queen anne’s lace
along that old dirt road

arranged them in an
old porcelain pitcher

handle broken off
before we owned it

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More poetry for February:
The Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry series offers “Love and Happiness, a reading by three award-winning poets: George Bilgere, Tim Seibles, and Keith S. Wilson. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Francisco Aragón, author of several books of poetry as well as “After Rubén,” a collection of poems, translations, and a personal essay on the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Dario, will read and discusses his work as a poet and translator at the Arts Club of Washington, Feb. 12, noon.