Creative Writing

Two Poems: Sketches of St. Petersburg

jess ingrassellino, june 2019

I read Spouts (1921), an earlier poem by William Carlos Williams. I enjoy his first person, direct, and conversational writing style. This poem, like many of his others that I have read, is a single experience written in fragments, making up just one sentence. There is a lot of economy in the way that Williams expresses experience, and there are new stories to be uncovered with repeated reading of his work. These two poems are my first assignment from my first writing class in June, 2019.

St. Petersburg (May 15, 2019)
Taller than the other buildings – it seems, 
Taller than everything. 
Guarding the circle, the 
Subway, the  
twin buildings 
Flanking the road 
into the city. 
Her dual histories stand, 
Signed – Piter and Leningrad –  
Overlooking the city and 
Her history.  
In the taxi, I 
drive in. 

The Serfs (May 16, 2019)
Today, we saw the 
Yellow building, 
Three stories high, where
Serfs were sold.
Today, the 
Red roof and clean
Frame the view from the 
Second story windows, where
Tourists can see the 
Seven bridges when they look
Outside from the
Safety of their rooms at the 
Holiday Inn Express.