Poetry Tuesdays: August 29th

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I finally started working on my collection again for the first time in a few months. I’ve been kind of hiding from it, because if I finished writing it, I might actually have to do something with it. And that’s pretty terrifying. I’m still not sure if I want to try my luck with traditional publishing, or just go ahead and self-publish it, but I’ve set my birthday as my goal to have it finished (written, mostly edited, and arranged). So, I have about 6.5 weeks to do all of that, and hopefully figure out a title.


Identical stark white cogs
in a murderous machine are
held together with matching scarlet ties.
They swore vows, not to lovers or country,
but their almighty god who wears the faces
of leaders long dead, or glitters gold,
while dripping blood wrenched from the poor.

They were sworn into power,
not with hands placed on the holy book
they claim to love and abide,
but with greedy lips at shady back doors.
They struck bargains in the dark alleys of
this circus they’re running, while their star clown
took to the throne atop the pachyderm’s back.

But even elephants can be toppled

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Poetry Tuesday: August 22nd

poetry tuesday

My internet is up again, sort of, finally, so I’m trying to work on blogs posts for this week.

I’m still not sure if Poetry Tuesday is going to be a regular thing or if I’ll do away with it at some point, but, for now…

 

5 A.M.

I’ve got last night’s thumbprints
under my eyes–
the evidence of another fight
I lost.

There’s dog hair in my coffee–
third time this week–
but the strongest brew
isn’t enough to hold me up
on its own right now.

The clock is slow again,
and I think,
It’s too bad I can’t fix
my own slow-moving parts
with a new battery
and turn of a dial,
to set things right,
to be good as new again.

Poetry Tuesday: August 15th

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Ho-ly craaaap :O It’s been two freaking months since I did a Poetry Tuesday. I was never sure if I wanted to do it weekly, anyway, but eesh. I thought I’d at least put out one a month :/

This week, I’ve been wanting to write out my feelings about the awful things happening (threat of nuclear war, Charlottesville, etc.), but I just can’t. So, I tackled a much smaller issue that’s been bothering me for a while.

 

We’re just smashing keyboards

You
don’t know
what
the poet
was thinking,
feeling,
intending,
or
the message
they
were sending
when
they broke
those
l i n e s.

Poetry Tuesday: June 13th (Plus a special guest haiku :p )

I’m still not sure if I’m going to make Poetry Tuesdays a regular thing. Probably not, but I’m feeling up for posting today. (And I still haven’t gotten around to making a better featured image. It’s somewhere on my to-do list.)

First up, my special guest: my husband. In the car a few days ago, husband and I were talking, and I have no idea how it happened, but he came up with this gem and (possibly sarcastically/jokingly?) suggested I use it for “Poetry Tuesday” this week. And so I am 🙂 (With permission.)

 

First, I saw the light
at the end of the tunnel.
Then I heard the horn.

 

And now my contribution for the week, though I don’t know how I can follow that. Maybe I should have posted mine first 😛

 

I spent last night
digging up graves,
just to make sure
the past
was really
dead
and gone
and couldn’t
reach me
anymore.

-I woke up with phalanges in my hair

Poetry Tuesday (a short poem of mine + poetry book haul)

I almost decided to just skip posting this week, but I decided to go ahead and share something super short. This is possibly the shortest thing I’ve written and consider complete, actually :/

 

I remember the day I found
your Change of Heart card
in the mail, tucked between
some other junk and bills.

–it was dated months before you left

 

I also (FINALLY) bought some more poetry books ❤ Why is it that waiting for books to come in the mail always seems so much longer than waiting for almost anything else?

poetry portrait

And I still haven’t gotten around to making a less pathetic “featured image” for Poetry Tuesdays :/ Maybe I’ll keep this one, who knows. (Hey, my husband said he likes it :p But really, I need to actually finish making the images for stuff so my blog has some semblance of cohesion.)

Poetry Tuesday

I’ve talked about sharing my poetry here for a while, and I’m finally going to give it a shot.

(Excuse the awful doodle thing for the featured image. I didn’t have good enough lighting to take an actual picture to use, so I did a thing on my tablet to serve as a temporary stand in.)

I’m always my worst critic, but lately it’s even worse. I’ve been editing some to possibly, eventually, try to publish, so I’m sick of all of it and think it’s garbage right now. Hopefully it isn’t :/

My poetry used to be really long most of the time, but over the years it’s steadily become shorter. I do still write poems that stretch longer than a page (small-ish pages of a journal), but I think I start with sharing shorter pieces.


Caged

My heart responds to you,
like a trained, captive bird
seeking a beloved master,
wings beating against my (rib)cage.

How foolish it was, to think
the one who broke its wings,
then nursed it–almost well–
would allow their plaything
to fly once again.


And now I shall run away and hide 😛

National Poetry Month Wrap-Up: I share a Poem, and Lots of Recommendations

 

napo wrap upI’m not sure if I mentioned it here, but I challenged myself to write 30 poems in 30 days for National Poetry Month. I can’t believe it, but earlier today I finished #34! Sure, some of them aren’t great, but they’re all finished, and that’s what counts (for me). Basically, I treated this month as a sort of poetry NaNoWriMo (or NaPoWriMo, I guess). Maybe 34 poems in one month doesn’t sound impressive, and maybe it really isn’t. I’m pleased and a little proud, though, because I struggle with writer’s block a lot, so this was a very nice change for me.

Here’s one I wrote that I was kinda happy with how it turned out :/ (I’m still terrified of sharing my writing, but criticism is welcome.)

 

I remember in technicolor
and 5.1 surround sound
every single time
some guy thought he had the right
to put his hands on me
without asking first.

I’m not a betting person,
or naturally inclined to violence,
but I’m willing to bet
my right knee left an impression
and tattooed my face on their memories.

Maybe in the future they’ll remember
that roses have thorns
and aren’t easily plucked.

— your family jewels are more delicate than this flower

 

Poetry Book Recommendations

25860497 I gave it 4/5 stars 30369886 I gave it 5/5 stars

32334098 I gave it 5/5 stars32791421 I gave it 4/5 stars

25330489 I gave it 4.5/5 stars 29564608 I gave it 4/5 stars

22916599 I gave it 4/5 stars 26877039 I gave it 5/5 stars

6563890 I gave it 3.5/5 stars 10340069 I gave it 4/5 stars

31945372 I gave it 3.5/5 stars 1188614 I gave this 5/5 stars

29431081 I just started this one, but I’m really enjoying it so far!

 

(A note on Bukowski: I know a lot of people hate him, and that’s cool. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the man, but I have enjoyed some of his poetry. I actually hated what I first read, but I bought the ebook of Love is a Dog From Hell on sale and ended up liking it more than I expected to. I’m not saying he’s amazing, just that I personally kind of liked that collection, and I ended up buying another one.)


Ok, those are the individual collections I’ve read and kept track of (I read others before the days of goodreads), but the next group is just my best attempt to recommend collections from some of my favorite old(er)-school poets. I’ve read some to all of their work (depending on the poet), but I don’t own any collections right now to recommend. So, the following haven’t been read by me, but I’ve read/probably read most/all of what’s in them.


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Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite poets from the last century, so I have to recommend her. I haven’t actually read this specific book, but I own it, I’ve read from it, and I’ve read most of her poetry over the years from different volumes.

 

 

 

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Robert Frost has been one of my favorite poets most of my life, and I’m hoping to get something like this book soon. I have a smaller volume of his poetry, but I would really like to get all of it.

 

 

 

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This is so high on my wishlist and I can’t wait to get it, or something similar, ASAP. I can’t actually remember when I first read her poetry, but I do know I’ve loved Emily Dickinson most of my life.

 

 

 

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Ok, I really like Shakespeare’s sonnets. Maybe that makes me really weird, because I’ve never met anyone else who likes them as much as I do, but whatever. This is also something on my wishlist.

 

 

 

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How could I not include Poe? I think he might have been the first poet I truly fell in love with. I do have (several) volumes of his complete works, I just didn’t have any poetry-specific collections to recommend.

 

 


I know I’m definitely forgetting people right now, but I tried, and I hope this is helpful to you if you’ve wanted to check out some poetry but had no idea where to start.

Actually, before I end this, here’s a list of some other poets you might want to check out:

  • E.E. cummings
  • Elizabeth Barret Browning
  • Robert Browning
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyon (check out one of my all-time favorite poems, The Lady of Shalott!)
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Edwin Markham
  • Mary Oliver
  • Sharon Olds
  • John Keats
  • Langston Hughes
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Anne Sexton
  • William Blake
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Rita Dove
  • Linda Pastan
  • Jennae Cecelia
  • Gretchen Gomez
  • Shelby Leigh

 

Ok, last thing, I swear! Some of these poets–like Amanda Lovelace, Gretchen Gomez, Trista Mateer, J.R. Rogue, etc.–are on social media (twitter, tumblr, instagram, probably facebook), so you can get a taste of what their writing is like before deciding if you want to buy one of their books. Following them can also help you find other poets, so if you’re on twitter (or whatever) and into poetry, definitely check them out!