Poetry for Practice #4

Poems to use as vocal warm-ups and pronunciation exercises that leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.

Installment #4

Raymond Carver, an American fiction and poetry writer, is a master of understatement. His sparse imagery is incredibly powerful. When writing speeches or presentations, think about how Carver creates the feeling of pure joy with just a handful of images. This is also a great poem to read when you feel creatively blocked or memorize to practice on an early morning walk.

Happiness by Raymond Carver

So early it’s still almost dark out.

I’m near the window with coffee,

and the usual early morning stuff

that passes for thought.

When I see the boy and his friend

walking up the road

to deliver the newspaper.

They wear caps and sweaters,

and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.

They are so happy

they aren’t saying anything, these boys.

I think if they could, they would take

each other’s arm.

It’s early in the morning,

and they are doing this thing together.

They come on, slowly.

The sky is taking on light,

though the moon still hangs pale over the water.

Such beauty that for a minute

death and ambition, even love,

doesn’t enter into this.

Happiness. It comes on

unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,

any early morning talk about it.

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