I like juxtaposing these two short poems because they both take familiar (and similar) images and turn them on their heads, and yet do so to opposite effects and purposes:
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
— W. S. Merwin
From The Moving Target (1963).
you fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye
— Margaret Atwood
From Power Politics (1971).
More background, and other poems:
- W. S. Merwin at Poetry Foundation
- W. S. Merwin at Poets.org
- Margaret Atwood at Poetry Foundation
- Margaret Atwood at Poets.org