Well, so much for a day off poetry as I checked my email to find reading homework!

Although I made sure along the way of the day to submit my object of the month to https://gurkykowsky.wordpress.com/author/sculpturesteph/ for this challenge, and looking forward to using it as a springboard for my ideas for the challenge of creative writing / ways of making, using my object as a starting point in all kinds of weird and wonderful ways. I gave up trying to find a way of taking a new snap of it on such a dreary day for lack of adequate light indoors when it occurred to me I have quite a few photos of this object already. It houses artificial festive flowers every Christmas and once or twice I’ve taken time to play with close-ups such as the one I re-used today. Snatched from a screenshot of a windows pic/fax viewer, leaving a tiny slice of the frame it creates the illusion of being a photo in a matte / card mount by filling the remaining bitmap space (in MS paint) with a colour sampled from the photo, because colour range in MS Paint is limited and because sampling colour from a photo for the background framing in the jpeg file I create from one of my photos connects the background nicely with the image. Adding the caption makes quiet a nice standalone page. I do have imaging software (quite old now, magazine CD freeware/shareware stuff) but never get round to finding it and installing. I like exploring the endless potentials of low-tech simplicity so forever happy with MS paint for now. Anyway, back to poetry…

Having decided today was a day off, what do i find for checking email, weekending homework so switching back in to WordPress was essential even though not mandatory “homework” – reading prompt! Being me, and having already realised I’ve spent no time with the poetry community in the Commons (peer group) and not wanting to interrupt the flow of responding to assignments once they roll again (in just over an hour at the start of this post!) I’ve spent the bulk of the day reading a mixture of other W201ers own poetry and those poems suggested as recommended reading. So, a notepad page full of links and brief commentary to add to my rough workbook repository here. I hope my introduction to this doesn’t seem begrudging, because I’m enjoying living and breathing poetry for a change of focus fortnight and the challenge of finding something intelligent to say – not sure I’m meeting that challenge very well but enjoyment first is wonderful and whatever i say next is just as is.

Before I can start rabbiting, (in the colloquial English meaning of chattering, not the literal meaning of rabbit-hunting!) that reminds me that I missed catching a link but noted a rabbit and do remember the blog name BUT must remember to be more efficient and competent with my notes so that when I arrive to post i don’t have to distract searching for a source link!

So, fellow w201ers poems I’ve particularly enjoyed reading today, starting with day 4 responses                         ANIMAL POEMS

I especially enjoyed the sense of the rabbit’s nature and the burrow in this: https://waynemullane.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/todays-poem-animal-concrete-enjambent/

http://drawnonwords.co.uk/writing-201-poem-animal/  a stealthy poem with “a stealthy approach….” from the first stanza, again working well with the nature of the animal, this time a hunter. I assume the use of “pray” rather than prey is deliberate word-play and I enjoyed that opposition in the work, and in the penultimate line of the final stanza the phrase “his pray and his pride”.

https://gridthusto.wordpress.com/category/writing-201/ amongst other works I admired there was an intelligent / humorous way of presenting an animal as a food source and with the poem appearing to be typed onto an old-style print. It made me smile because in one of my drafts for the animal poem prompt I’d typed “Barnyard Farmlard” or the other way round, thinking of nonsense funny words to perhaps use, but then left abandoned. (I don’t eat meat and believe many people are too meat dependant in their dietary choices.)

http://theseekersdungeon.com/2015/02/19/beyond-animal-concerns/ similarly, this piece used text over image, but this time a digital image and the formation /overlay of the text was incredibly striking (overall visually stunning). The poem itself was wonderful to read, as were other examples found on this blog. I loved the line “whittle away at our moments” in the fog/elegy poem which struck me as being a very strong lyric poem and in that I also enjoyed the use of grey font in the first stanza. (I sometimes feel that writing can be like carving, when it’s not alike a dance or just plain writing.)

http://zenandpi.com/2015/02/22/the-slumber-of-the-sloth/ wicked (as in good) animal poem, strong animalistic-character description, I felt.

http://nbalance.net/portfolio/writing-201day-4-animal there was good build-up in this animal poem to the surprise at the end revealing the pet animal of the poem.

https://selenaballerina4.wordpress.com/2015/02/22 /writing-201-poetry-day-4-animal-concrete-enjambment/ another domestic animal, beautifully written and the shape the text made can be seen as either/ both the paw print or the head/face and I epecially enjoyed that.

https://nicholeq.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/where-the-lion-meets-the-lamb/ hol(e)y cross shape, concrete poem, striking image

There seem to be a lot of reflection on storms in many blogs i’ve browsed recently and this one stood out in particular from those I’d read: https://thepickledpastor.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/morning/ (couplets)

http://mycreativecosmos.com/2015/02/20/solitude/ I thought this was a remarkable piece of writing, very sombre, quite sobering.

Of the Limerick poetry I’ve read of W201ers, this one stood out as unique and this read exactly as a Limerick should, whereas in reading some it’s been necessary to add a small word to allow the poem to meet the meter of a Limerick usually in the final line. i also read some other articles and learnt that cento is an appropriative form using lines of other author’s work to form textual collage (and rightly acknowledging attributation) – it was interesting to see another participant using discussion of theory /process and also attribution and copyright issues- it’s an area of interest and personally i find lack of source referencing disappointing in articles/blogs.
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http://bluemama.co.uk/2015/02/16/writing-201-poetry-day-1/

a fantastic haiku, (I don’t usually appreciate them) and some strong poetry in the following posts, including a series of limericks charting a journey in an unexpected way which I found particularly pleasing to read.  (So having found what appear to be two unique presentations of Limerick).                                                       ~~~~~~~~

https://lyfthruhereyez.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/writing-201-day-one-water/
not haiku, refreshing – powerful poetry, the final line “Fuelled by measures of complexity” adds weight and substance to the previous two lines)
https://lyfthruhereyez.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/writing-201-journey/
not limerick, but loved the lines in the first stanza “…let to fly…to where it’s meant to lie” and in the next stanza “neverminding it’s pace”acknowledging that it’s not a limerick ( but form not being mandatory in responding to assignment prompts… ) The movement the poet creates from original imagery to an opposite during reading works well – it takes reading carefully with pauses but is powerful poetry.                        ~~~~~~~~

Another interesting participant blog for enlightening on process, explaining form and theory was https://scottdanielmassey.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/red-an-introduction/ and i’ve learnt that there is such a form as ghazal and is pronounced (near) guzzle and involves couplets with repetition of end words (my simplistic note, explained much better in the author’s writing tho’ I’ve not cross-referenced yet). I’ve given the link for the introduction as I read the posts in reverse order and when I re-visit I’ll read the articles properly from the beginning of the series.

https://jsackblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/ode-to-my-mom/ is a wonderful acrostic/trust prompt poem, beautifully written in memory of a mother.

The above poem matches my idea of what an ode is, i.e. a tribute, but the form given in the assignment to write an ode was restrictive, puzzling and I also left that form behind undone. I haven’t noticed any other odes, but only browsed today’s posts in the Commons and missed earlier days sharing.

I don’t understand Spanish, but it was interesting to try and read a Spanish poem at
https://href.li/?https://araripinarodolfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/volupia-potluck/

The following work was one of my favourite reads of the day, found from browsing links on the community blogroll:

https://lafloralie.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/the-acrostic-agnostic-past-present-future/
“Prehistory teaches trust’s fate through the fossils” and “Trust to caretake…” were two choice phrases I selected from this poem and I shared this as my pot-luck offering in the Commons for recommended reading rather than choosing a known poet’s work which is how most participants seem to have approached the suggestion of reading the poetry of others. Although i have read the recommended known poet pieces suggested by participants, I felt it would be interesting to read the work of my current peer group and reflect on those in response. I later selected a known poet’s work, as listed below, but previously unknown to me.
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A W201er shared a link on the Commons to a website of Canadian poetry with two pot-luck choices suggested for recommended reading. I didn’t get on with those (I didn’t enjoy them) but providing the links enabled access to the index of poets

http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/index_poet.htm
My pot-luck picking from a very quick look at this site =
http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/jenoff/poem7.htm (Marvyne Jenoff”s The goose and the commuter train, from Crackerjack Umbrella 2008, Twoffish Press)

RECOMMENDED READING as suggested by other W201 partipants:

http://www.crmvet.org/poetry/ftruth.htm This poem was originally posted by a participant on their own blog with a link placed in the Commons for the pot-luck reading “homework” response – with no attribution to the poet and no other information, so I’d felt the need to question who was the poet? I’ve not used that link here. Another participant answered with it apparently being “Erelene Stetson’s adaptation of an 1852 speech by Sojourner Truth” and provided this link, so I’ve used that link instead, hopefully being a trust-worthy source of properly accredited work (although it’s in the public domain for legal copyright, it’s a matter of principle to always ensure attribution to the author and time of the piece is useful information for the reader also) – it’s a fantastic poem, reflecting the dual nature of discrimination for both colour/ race and for being female. I actually expected it to be of nearer contemporary times and found it fascinating and an admirable work of poetry                                                                                        .~~~~~~~~
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178974                                                         (not read yet, Sylvia Plath deserves some considered time)
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w201er’s reference to an intriguing poem titled  Grandmothers by Julien Puzey, Salt Lake City USA
Crone Chornicles Spring Eqinox 1998 (copied and pasted the typo-s from the blog!)
http://johannamassey.com/2015/01/17/158/

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http://www.cise.ufl.edu/~hsiao/verse/watermelon.html
John Tobias poem, interesting, need to re-read

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very much enjoyed this one, accessible, natural rhythm for reading…
The House by the Side of the Road
by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)
https://nicholeq.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/poetry-potluck-a-poem-i-love/

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Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” didn’t quite work for me, but enjoyed it so far and particularly noted as favourite the lines in the final stanza “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence:…” although it was the final stanza that failed for me and the verse previous that tripped me up while reading this work.

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WILLIAM BLAKE “Augeries of Innocence” was a suggested poem to read, and I know I love Blake’s poetry but haven’t had time to look for any yet!

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http://www.dorotheamackellar.com.au/archive/mycountry.htm
I love the line “The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze.” probably should have noted the stanza, never mind.
The poet’s name seemed familiar from early schooling and the poem seemed to speak of not only of Australia but a distant homeland also and seemed to have an Irish flavour, although I’m probably wrong and no research done(!)

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So, i’ve missed out some stuff a little but an hour set aside for this post three and a half hours ago and delayed collecting my next assignment I was so eagerly awaiting – and wondering how on earth anyone else can be posting assignment rsponses with an hour! Is it a re-run of a previous set of assignments and the same every time so “here’s one i made earlier”?! or just super-efficiency…?

(today’s playlist radio-ga-ga-for-not-paying-attention-enough-to-music-today…)

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