Blue April

The opening line, “below the 3rd floor fire-blackened brick,” is captivating and a great way to start off the poem. Leah Niemchick, age 20
"Blue April," is full of concrete images; we can stay tuned and continue taking the piece in. Colin Butgereit, age 20

below the 3rd floor fire-blackened brick
& empty windows, torn curtains hanging,

He shows us the run-down building instead of writing "run-down building." Rachel Talen, age 21
Cope gives us a vivid sense of the setting. Patty Schlutt, age 14
The poet gives the impression that the building is lifeless. Ruth Ott, age 12

a young woman,
      rag tied about her hair,
      curls falling at her ears,
waves & calls to slicked-up goodtime Charley
who’s strutting thru the scraps,

I like "strutting through the scraps." How original because usually you strut when you are on a runway or in a fancy place and here he is in a black alley strutting in other people's trash. Aubrey Frey, age 12

      giant ring on his pinky finger,
      black & white tu-tones shining.

Somethng about this is so real, and I can picture it thoroughly. The characters are real-to-life. Aubrey Frey, age 12

he stops, tilts his hat, gazes above, shakes his head
& turns, heading thru the garbage cans
to the door leading to her darkened stairs.

It's interesting how this poem is situated over just a little time; it is talking about only a few moments. Aubrey Frey, age 12
The whole poem is very rhythmic, and I like the song-like quality of the phrases, pairing with the flashy images almost like a silent film. Kara Madden, age 21
Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.