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RevolutionAL said:Hey hey thanks for joining us Kou

Is that your own work or another poets ?

Good to see you all about the place.

;)


As always, that is my own work I posted. It is my pleasure to join in the poetic festivities!

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Kou_Indigo said:

As always, that is my own work I posted. It is my pleasure to join in the poetic festivities!


Awesome stuff 👏

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< after the accident >
     
     i started with a monkey
     and he worked fine for a few months
     even though i could not dictate to him
     (for fear of what had happened the first time)
     any sexually explicit material
     but then he started editing my writing
     this wasn't so bad
     (he was actually quite good)  
     but eventually he started writing his own stuff
     and refused to type mine at all  
     next
     i turned to my a dog  
     but she took forever to train
     and was extremely slow  
     so i obtained a ferret
     hoping to speed things up  
     and yes
     he was fast
     but (unlike my dog)
     it was impossible to train him to fetch my beer
     then one night the dog ate him
     saving me from having to find a good home for him
     for beer
     it turns out
     will get you through times of slow poetry
     better than poetry
     will get you through times of no beer
         
                      - - -

-- word biscuit --
   
               -- burning dinner edition --
   
                                     04-13-99 -- ray heinrich
 ______________________________________________________________


http://wordbiscuit.com/default.htm
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/rayheinrich/



My Comments:
-Ray's website gave me permission to post this poem here, you can go check that permission by visiting word biscuit!
-Figured todays poems of the days would be cool as being one by the chap who started this thread, back when we were all enjoying life!

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Rain by Don Paterson

I love all films that start with rain:
rain, braiding a windowpane
or darkening a hung-out dress
or streaming down her upturned face;

one long thundering downpour
right through the empty script and score
before the act, before the blame,
before the lens pulls through the frame

to where the woman sits alone
beside a silent telephone
or the dress lies ruined on the grass
or the girl walks off the overpass,

and all things flow out from that source
along their fatal watercourse.
However bad or overlong
such a film can do no wrong,

so when his native twang shows through
or when the boom dips into view
or when her speech starts to betray
its adaptation from the play,

I think to when we opened cold
on a rain-dark gutter, running gold
with the neon of a drugstore sign,
and I’d read into its blazing line:

forget the ink, the milk, the blood—
all was washed clean with the flood
we rose up from the falling waters
the fallen rain’s own sons and daughters


and none of this, none of this matters.

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Ooh Yasss!

thanks for submitting that... he also wrote a piece called "Why do you stay up so late?" it's a worthwhile read!

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RevolutionAL said:Ooh Yasss!

thanks for submitting that... he also wrote a piece called "Why do you stay up so late?" it's a worthwhile read!


Why do you stay up so late? By Don Paterson

I’ll tell you, if you really want to know:
remember that day you lost two years ago
at the rockpool where you sat and played the jeweler
with all those stones you’d stolen from the shore?
Most of them went dark and nothing more,
but sometimes one would blink the secret color
it had locked up somewhere in its stony sleep.
This is how you knew the ones to keep.

So I collect the dull things of the day
in which I see some possibility
but which are dead and which have the surprise
I don’t know, and I’ve no pool to help me tell—
so I look at them and look at them until
one thing makes a mirror in my eyes
then I paint it with the tear to make it bright.
This is why I sit up through the night.

-

The little magpie in me really appreciated this poem. Whenever I go somewhere memorable, I collect a stone. I don’t need memoirs, magnets, elaborate souvenirs… I just pick a stone that’s called to me. And I place it on the windowsill with the others until a little corner of my house is full of the energy of all the places I’ve ever been. I’ve done that since I was a child. It’s a living journal.

So I related to this poem. How it causes a person to stay awake thinking of all the places these things have been. The worlds within worlds. It’s the everyday magic I so love.

Thanks for recommending this one, I really got it.

Smiles.

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"Ashley" by Bo Burnham*

Little Ashley hung magazine spreads on her wall,
after picking the magazines out in the mall.
Models and actresses, singers and more,
with cleavage and makeup and glamour galore!

All her heroes were finally nearer.
Her whole room looked perfect — except for the mirror.

* https://genius.com/Bo-burnham-ashley-annotated

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Casted_Runes said:"Ashley" by Bo Burnham*

Little Ashley hung magazine spreads on her wall,
after picking the magazines out in the mall.
Models and actresses, singers and more,
with cleavage and makeup and glamour galore!

All her heroes were finally nearer.
Her whole room looked perfect — except for the mirror.

* https://genius.com/Bo-burnham-ashley-annotated


What a gem! Today is a wonderful day in this thread.
Here's another of those...


Fireflies

Hey, fireflies! Fly higher, guys!
Fly high above this place.
Till a sky rise is a wire’s size.
Then fly off into space.

I catch stupid bugs in jars
but you’re not bugs you’re baby stars!



Bo Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, and poet. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, he achieved fame when his YouTube videos took off and received more than 70 million views by October 2010.


Thank you for this Casted_Runes!


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Thank you for sharing Fireflies, I hadn't read that one! Burnham has one of my favourite quotes about culture in general:

"I shouldn't just include the most cynical, rude part of my mind, the part that looks the coolest to people. I think sincerity is the edgiest thing you can do now."

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The Crickets Have Arthritis by Shane Koyczan

https://youtu.be/6VrZE8MCnIA

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Undoubtedly one of those poems that reminds me of the pure power of spoken word. I swear I don’t think I took a breath for a full 30 seconds after.

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Northern_Soul said:The Crickets Have Arthritis by Shane Koyczan

https://youtu.be/6VrZE8MCnIA

-

Undoubtedly one of those poems that reminds me of the pure power of spoken word. I swear I don’t think I took a breath for a full 30 seconds after.



Holy Fuck!

That was the most worthwhile 7 minutes I ever spent on YouTube and not a single word wasted.

An emotional Rollercoaster

🎯 thank you for posting that. I love it!


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[as freedom is a breakfastfood]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS


as freedom is a breakfastfood
or truth can live with right and wrong
or molehills are from mountains made
—long enough and just so long
will being pay the rent of seem
and genius please the talentgang
and water most encourage flame

as hatracks into peachtrees grow
or hopes dance best on bald men’s hair
and every finger is a toe
and any courage is a fear
—long enough and just so long
will the impure think all things pure
and hornets wail by children stung

or as the seeing are the blind
and robins never welcome spring
nor flatfolk prove their world is round
nor dingsters die at break of dong
and common’s rare and millstones float
—long enough and just so long
tomorrow will not be too late

worms are the words but joy’s the voice
down shall go which and up come who
breasts will be breasts thighs will be thighs
deeds cannot dream what dreams can do
—time is a tree(this life one leaf)
but love is the sky and i am for you
just so long and long enough

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☝️ that visual image of hatracks growing into peaches is just lovely isn’t it. Something solid growing into something abstract is such a beautiful way to phrase a train of thought.

Can we also take a second for “dingsters die at break of dong” — how delightfully audible.

Cummings had a very particular way of using pin point images to build a crescendo towards a singular thought, and this is no exception. It’s quite beautiful 😊

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Going for one of my absolute favourites this morning.


’I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone’ by Rainer Maria Rilke

I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
   enough
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
   enough
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.

I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everday jug,
like my mother's face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm.

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Absolutely love this!

it's fantastic!

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