With all the Oscar buzz this week, a nominated animated short film this year has a poetry connection. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata’s Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Short with “Negative Space” is based on a poem of the same name by Ron Koertge.
Ron’s prose poem (flash fiction?) begins:
My dad taught me to pack: lay out everything. Put back half. Roll things
that roll. Wrinkle-prone things on top of cotton things. Then pants, waist-
to-hem. Nooks and crannies for socks. Belts around the sides like snakes.
Ron Koertge’s poem was published in his collection, Sex World (2014, Red Hen Press).