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A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

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mezzaninedoor
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A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby mezzaninedoor » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:19 pm


maisi
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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby maisi » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:55 pm

Hi that's brilliant- you wrote that? I really enjoyed it. Happy poetry day to you too.

Poetry is language in orbit- Seamus Heaney

A poem is a smuggling of something back from the otherworld, a prime bit of shoplifting where you get something out the door before the buzzer goes off- Nuala Ni Dhomnhaill

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby maisi » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:25 am

Hey I'm sorry to go all poem mad on you, but you started it, here's a good one not mine of-obviously-course:

Battersea Dojo (Lavinia Greenlaw)

The hardcore years.
Towers emptied on the strength of a rumour.
For all that, the skyline boomed like a graph.
Inside the walls, money grew on trees.

Barefoot, shaven, crop-headed, a neophyte,
most weeks I had my collar felt.
'Sorry I thought you were...'
A twenty-year-old-blur
hauled backward out of the Ladies.
(Who was it rushed up in the dark to kiss
me, his long-lost boy?)

A hard man with a face in bloom,
sensen[i][/i] liked to play old fashioned
with his signet ring, conspiracies and heft.
He asked me to pardon his French
as we sat depleted, topping up
on pints of water with a lager chaser.

I learnt to fold myself behind the punch,
retract first then force the twist,
two knuckles raised on a tucked thumb;
to see both ways, to prolong the arc
of a kick in the kata's quick-quick slow.

My dappled forearms noted the force
of my knifehand and rising blocks.
In attack, I was taught to miss by inches.

I was wire.
I drank blue air.
Towers emptied on the strength of a rumour.

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby mezzaninedoor » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:40 pm

Thats really nice maisi
I like that it trips off the tongue easily

well done

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby maisi » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:14 pm

Hi,

Thanks, but I didn't write it. I was excited to see you posting about poetry, and read your poem on the blog, and just grabbed a book and copied one out that I like. I'm a nerd sometimes :D

Wasn't very lighthearted, but yeah I love it. A good title by another poet, Billy Collins: 'Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty, I Pause to Admire the Length and Clarity of Their Titles'

Hope you're doing ok

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby mezzaninedoor » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:19 pm

Good to have another poetry person about

My favourite poets are John Cooper Clarke, John Hegley, I like Tim Keys absurdity as well.

I also like some of Keats & Betjeman's work.

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby maisi » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:08 pm

Aw I love John Hegley. I want to like John Cooper Clarke, but haven't read any so I can't! I was just reading about him in Benjamin Zephaniah's autobiography- that's an interesting story of a poet who nearly ended up on a life sentence. So those guys made me think of Roger McGough too- he does a bit of absurdity, and reminds me a bit of John Hegley.

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby mezzaninedoor » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:48 pm

I have been trying to free style recently , its really hard but very rewarding.

Its come off the back of attending an Improv course locally which has been brilliant for my headspace.

I was able to free style some lyrics for my mate Petes 50th birthday last night to a made up Jam from my bass player & drummer. Was great fun but you have to be a little fearless.

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Re: A little something hopefully amusing for National Poetry Day

Postby maisi » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:17 pm

I'm deeply impressed- both the ability and the guts to do it. This summer I saw someone fairly famous improvise vocals at a big graduation ceremony- she just had faith in her instinct and went. Live moment are something different.

Improv as in comedy?

It's why I love rap sometimes- very underrated or misunderstood medium. Except the twats of course only talking violence, money and misogyny. If it's got some content, I'll forgive a lot for the linguistic acrobatics and sheer confidence


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