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    theoriginalmonsterman Pickle Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Poetry Anthology Entries

    Discussion in 'Monthly Poetry Contest' started by theoriginalmonsterman, May 6, 2019.

    Hello everyone, this will be a thread dedicated to submitting poetry for the anthology we've been planning on doing.

    To post either your own poetry, or poetry you feel would be well suited for the anthology post it below in the following format per each poem:

    Author's Username (Writing Forum Username):
    Author's Name (For Credit in Anthology): (Please note that we would prefer either an alias or an actual name, usernames are a bit odd to include an anthology so we'd like to avoid them.)
    Title:
    Poem (Formatted):
    Additional Content for the Poem: (Any additional content that you created to go alongside the poem, such as an image, please keep in mind if you don't have the copyright the additional content you present here we can't include it within the anthology.)


    It's important to include the Writing Forum username especially if the poem isn't your own. We will contact the author of the suggested poem ourselves.


    I will set-up another thread where further discussion can take place for anything related to the anthology, all posts here should only include poems, any posts that can be considered just general discussion will be deleted.

    Also please feel free to share this with anyone who you think may be interested in having their poetry included. This is open to everyone on the forums.
     
  2. davidm

    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    By Steven Crowns

    Benita Borrero


    Benita Borrero had seen
    ninety winters on the porch
    of her sea green casita,
    where she swore at us niños and
    cast curses.

    I was one, though I’m no longer a child.

    “May you fall from great heights,
    wither like the skin of a jujube plum,
    forget her name without
    noting her absence, and
    turn inside out.”

    The children scattered as rumors.

    When life became Tragedy
    (the season after Hope, Truth, and Despair)
    we blamed her as surely
    as she cursed her own sons
    whose bones lay in the wet jungles of El Chocoyero.

    We’d all heard the story. We shunned her.

    For three days Benita sat alone on her porch
    before anyone noticed her stillness,
    and the men who removed her
    wore gloves of thick tapir hide,
    not out of prudence but fear.

    If a man touches an unclean thing, then he too shall be guilty.

    The husk of that harpy
    was so filled with poison,
    that when they fed her into
    the cremetorio in San Claudocio,
    the undertaker went blind.

    Or he may have been drinking.

    Upon the porch of her sea green casita,
    I considered if she had been more
    witch than devil,
    as the others bid me to
    “Go in, go in. The task is yours!”

    It was. I cannot deny it.

    And I entered to
    fulfill my part in the cycle.
    We live and
    we die and
    we meet the Hereafter.

    What we have collected is whisked away.

    Her home was a conch,
    the shell of an oyster with
    rainbowed insides,
    every surface draped in
    blankets she’d knitted.

    A hundred at least, none wanted.

    No silver antiques nor
    heirlooms of worth,
    just a lifetime of effort
    soon to be burned on the heap,
    colors arrayed about the mantle.

    A picture upon it, her with two boys
     
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    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    Stephen Barnard

    Common Accidents and How We Treated Them



    We fell in love by accident,

    Bumped into each other and apologised, very politely.

    Dropped the façade on the kitchen floor;

    Shards flung far and wide as we spread our reach.

    Spilt milk didn’t bring any tears,

    We slipped on the slick and caught each other – it was lucky you were there.


    But then we got our feet tangled:

    An untidy web of cables, family and friends.

    Muscles strained under the weight of expectation.

    No longer two halves of one whole; there was a need for fine chopping.

    A hand slipped with the knife, cutting comments.

    We hid the wound under a sticking plaster – let me kiss it better.


    Home truths were difficult to swallow;

    we didn’t chew properly and choked.

    It was no longer a cuddle but a Heimlich manoeuvre.

    Too hot to handle I swore and needed some other ointment.

    I knew better than to return to a lit firework.

    Moving away, I swung the plank without looking – Sorry, I didn’t mean it.
     
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    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    OJB

    Heisenberg, Poem # 10: Raspberries.

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    Zumbek, they laid you in a pond of roses
    Where bumble bees buzz beats and birds chirp chants,
    Like saints who sing their sorrowed songs for Christ.
    The squirrels, the living, and the dead line up,
    Say 'Bye,' and leave their acorns, tears, and bones.
    They greet a woman standing in the water
    --Her skin is greener than the leaves in spring--
    Who wears the wedding dress you'll never see;
    With purple tears, she dyes white lace to black
    And languishes a raspberry lament:
    'We long for times that long have left our lives.'
    There's gossip in the room about your death;
    Some say you wrestled a kid-killing wyrm,
    And others roar you raced against a truck
    On your new motorcycle on Route 10.
    Your face is scarred--from teeth? or tirë marks?


    "Goodbye." I leave a broken fang among the gifts
    And long to taste the bittersweet of raspberries.
     
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    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    Good start, but we can use more entires, and more interest, from others.
     
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    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    Still waiting for more entires and interest. :whistle:
     
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    There are some from Ourjudd I think from years back. I’ll look ...
     
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    From Ourjud:

    My Father's Big Toe

    I've often observed
    My father
    Sat on the couch, legs outstretched,
    Lining up his big toe
    With some object or other
    On the other side of the room.
     
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    From Sunset to Flies
    Discussion in 'Poetry' started by OJB, Oct 12, 2017.

    From Sunset to Flies
    By Ory James Berner

    The sun has set, and one by one, the candles
    Fade out. Above, blackholes devour stars
    And light; my love, none can escape. Below,
    The homeless huddle next to dimming fires,
    And fireflies no longer glow at night;
    The smoke had killed them off. “Hold me,” you say.
    I will, till maggots turn you into flies.
     
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    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    So we have some fifteen poems now, some high-quality works, IMO. Questions to be answered: how many poems do we want? How many pages should the volume be? Should we publish every poem submitted, or should there be editors who choose? I personally think that should be done only if it turns out we have far more submissions than any reasonably sized volume could accommodate. I should think around 80 poems would be optimal for a single volume. Should the poems be arranged by theme? By author? Some other way?
     
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    davidm Poodle of Guernica

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    If we get this done in time, we can offer it for sale at the comics convention in September in Long Beach, which I tentatively plan to attend. Literary works as well as graphic novels and comics are sold at such things, and I also hope to get artwork for this volume, which will make it even more salable in Long Beach.
     
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    It would make sense to use some of the winners, and even runners up, from the 300+ poetry contests.

    It may be an idea to start a chain reaction of submissions by asking people to select 2 or more poems and then getting them to ask 2-3 other members to select poems they like? At most I reckon I could sift through and pick out maybe half a dozen more (I’m a fussy bastard!)

    To add ... as someone has selected one of mine I’d prefer this one, if any, to be used:

    Rompa Stompa
    Discussion in 'Poetry' started by badgerjelly, Jun 5, 2018.

    Aristotle chortles mimetic
    a parody of a witless lick-spittle lampooned
    comedy sculpts its laughter crafter
    un-mastering the mastery of the masterly majesty.

    Jesters gesture to the King
    satire dripping they prance and fling
    their sullied words in simian farce
    un-mastering the mastery of their masterly majesty.

    Chaplin clowns around his silent circus
    flagellants of foolery slapped with wit sticks
    raucously erupting Bacchus takes a bow
    un-mastering the mastery of our masterly majesty.

    Heads crack open with screams
    beams split faces bringing to knees
    the lesser man mocked and defrocked
    un-mastered the master is regally flogged.

    Note: I say this because I don’t spend a lot of time on poem - certainly not weeks or months! Most of what I post is me playing with an idea and not meant as a finished product (the above is and the one selected prior to this was thought out too).

    I don’t like most poems I read so I’m not the best to judge. I would find it VERY difficult to select 20 poems let alone 80!
     
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    Maybe a prize driven competition would help garner interest? Could even make it a robin round competition in order to produce new material? You could even make the book purely from such a competition IF there was enough interest? Worth a go at pushing this imo if the mods are willing and able?
     
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    Since we’re sharing contributions, I’ll search for a couple of my own poems submitted to the contests. I’ll collect them and post them here and you could use the ones you prefer. But if you will bear with me, I’ll need some time to find them.

    We’re not in any rush, I hope.. ??
     

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