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"Bleeding Heart"

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Jessica Kroboth

on 25 November 2015

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Transcript of "Bleeding Heart"

My heart is bleeding. It bleeds upward and fills
my mouth up with salt. It bleeds because of a city in ruins,
the chair still warm from sister's body,
because it will all be irreproducible. My heart
bleeds because of baby bear not finding mama bear and it bleeds
to the tips of my fingers like I painted my nails Crimson.
Sometimes my heart bleeds so much I am a raisin.
It bleeds until I am a quivering ragged clot, bleeds at the ending
with the heroine and her sunken cancer eyes, at the ending
with the plaintive flute over smoke-choked killing fields. I'm bleeding
a river of blood right now and it's wearing a culvert in me for the blood. My heart
rises up in me, becomes the cork of me and I choke on it. I am bleeding
for you and for me and for the tiny babies and the IED-blown
leg. It bleeds because I'm made that way, all filled up with blood,
my sloppy heart a sponge filled with blood to squeeze onto
any circumstance. Because it is mine, it will always bleed.
My heart bled today. It bled onto the streets
and the steps of city hall. It bled in the pizza parlor with the useless jukebox.
I've got so much blood to give inside and outside of any milieu.
Even for a bad zoning decision, I'll bleed so much you'll be bleeding,
all of us bleeding in and out like it's breathing,
or kissing, and because it is righteous and terrible and red.


"Bleeding Heart"
Explication/Paraphrase
Poetic Devices
Important Elements
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/bleeding-heart
Carmen Gimenez Smith
Carmen Gimenez Smith was born in 1971. She lived in New York and got a BA in English and later recieved an MFA in creative writing. She is currently a magazine editor-in-chief and publisher of a newspaper while also teaching at New Mexico State University.
by Carmen Gimenez Smith
My heart is bleeding. It bleeds upward and fills
my mouth up with salt. It bleeds because of a city in ruins,
the chair still warm from sister's body,
because it will all be irreproducible. My heart

Bleeding heart: "someone who is overly ​sympathetic about ​negative situations". First, it is emphasizing that the feeling is through the whole body, even into the mouth, and it begins listing reasons why the narrator is sad. None of this is able to be replaced.

bleeds because of baby bear not finding mama bear and it bleeds
to the tips of my fingers like I painted my nails Crimson. Sometimes my heart bleeds so much I am a raisin.

This section lists another reason to be sad and another explanation of how the sadness stretches throughout the body. The narrator compares themself to raisins which are like "old grapes" which are dry and shriveled up.

Poem
"Bleeding Heart" by Carmen Gimenez Smith
Form
1 stanza, 22 lines
Rhyme Scheme
Free Verse
"My heart bleeds" (lines 4/5 and line 7), "It bleeds" (lines 1, 2, 3, 5, and 14), "...at the ending" (lines 8 and 9), "It bled" (lines 7 and 8)
Repetition
Imagery
Creates image of nails painted crimson (line 6), girl with cancer (line 9), killing fields (line 10), streets, steps of the city hall, and jukebox in pizza parlor (lines 17 and 18)
Speakers/Characters
Narrator (I), reader (you)
Tone
Depressing, realistic, brutally honest
There are a lot of unfortunate things that go on in the world, and for those who have a “bleeding
heart”, it is a very emotional
and the negative feelings affectyou in ways you wouldn’t have
thought.
Theme
Poetic Devices Continued...
Personification
“My heart is bleeding” (line 1),“My heart rises
up in me, becomes the cork of me…” (line 12)
Metaphor
“I am a raisin” (line 7), “I am a quivering ragged clot” (line 8), “My sloppy heart a sponge” (line 15)
Hyperbole
“I’m bleeding a river of blood” (line 10/11)
Simile
“Bleeding in and out like it’s breathing” (line 21)
Alliteration
“My heart bleeds because of baby bear…”
(line 5), “My sloppy heart a sponge filled with
blood to squeeze…” (line 15)
my sloppy heart a sponge filled with blood to squeeze onto
any circumstance. Because it is mine, it will always bleed.
The narrator talks about the heart filling up with blood like a sponge and being ready to "squeeze" it in any condition. Nothing can change the narrators strong feeling of sadness.
My heart bled today. It bled onto the streets
and the steps of city hall. It bled in the pizza parlor with the useless jukebox.
I've got so much blood to give inside and outside of any milieu.
Starts talking about the present day. The heart is "bleeding" in
any social environment (milieu)
Even for a bad zoning decision, I'll bleed so much you'll be bleeding,
all of us bleeding in and out like it's breathing
or kissing, and because it is righteous and terrible and red.
A bad zoning decision leads to land to be changed negatively and this also makes the narrator bleed. Soon we will all be "bleeding" as much as the narrator does. It ends by descibing the blood and the different feelings the narrator has about having a bleeding heart.

It bleeds until I am a quivering ragged clot, bleeds at the ending
with the heroine and her sunken cancer eyes, at the ending
with the plaintive flute over smoke-choked killing fields. I'm bleeding

This section starts by the narrator comparing themself to a cut that the blood has clotted at. The cut is beginning to heal, but could easily bleed again. It describes a woman who has cancer and the sorrowful songs played by flute in the background of killing fields where people have died from smoke.

a river of blood right now and it's wearing a culvert in me for the blood. My heart
rises up in me, becomes the cork of me and I choke on it. I am bleeding
for you and for me and for the tiny babies and the IED-blown
leg. It bleeds because I'm made that way, all filled up with blood.

It exaggerates that the narrator is losing so much blood that the it's forming a ditch in the land (culvert). The heart is affecting the whole body and causing the narrator to be unable to function. It lists more m
ore reasons to be sad and explains that the narrator can't help that they feel this way.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/
I think that the most important elements in this poem are the figurative language, specifically personification, as well as metaphors. These are important because the entire poem is taking a phrase and making it literal because the narrator isn't talking about an actual "bleeding heart" but rather bleeding in the means of being sad. Personification and metaphors take the phrase and allow it to do this by comparing it to other things so that it IS an actual bleeding heart and can interact with the narrator more.
http://www.edreaminterpretation.org/flute-2/
http://www.entrepreneur.com/encyclopedia/zoning
Sources
http://www.puertodelsol.org/about/
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