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Post  Raksha on Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:46 am

I was listening to an old episode of The SF Squeecast and they referenced a poem by Carl Shapiro that is now one of my new favorites:


Travelogue for Exiles

Look and remember. Look upon this sky;
Look deep and deep into the sea-clean air,
The unconfined, the terminus of prayer.
Speak now and speak into the hallowed dome.
What do you hear? What does the sky reply?
The heavens are taken: this is not your home.
Look and remember. Look upon this sea;
Look down and down into the tireless tide.
What of a life below, a life inside,
A tomb, a cradle in the curly foam?
The waves arise; sea-wind and sea agree
The waters are taken: this is not your home.
Look and remember. Look upon this land,
Far, far across the factories and the grass.
Surely, there, surely, they will let you pass.
Speak then and ask the forest and the loam.
What do you hear? What does the land command!
The earth is taken: this is not your home.

Dang, that is awesome.
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Post  particle_person on Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:52 am

This thread is about "poetry" the new designer drug all the kids are taking, right? Like "bath salts." Back in high school, several teens died from reading bad poetry aloud while simultaneously doing a bad job of it. It was kind of a double whammy, they read it in that awful mooo voice with DRAMATIC GRIMACES. This was real Vogon-level shit. Despite media portrayals at the time, poetry never became a trend, although there have been sporadic deaths over the years.

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Re: Poetry

Post  Raksha on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:07 am

Hey, at least they were only using poetry at your high school! My three closest friends in high school were manufacturers! Worst of all, they kept making me sample it every time they produced a new batch. That's about 2/5 of the reason why I dropped out of high school after sophomore year and went to college instead.
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Post  allochthonous on Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:52 pm

That's the problem with poetry these days, you never really know what you're getting: while the good stuff is great, and you can get the hit with only mild side-effects (shivers down the spine are pretty common), if you get a bad home-distilled batch, it can leave you with emo tendencies, bad fashion sense and even, in the worst cases, bar-tending in the dark and pseuicide.

Raksha, I recently read that poem and I loved it too. I am on a bit of a Carol Ann Duffy kick at the moment and read this lovely sonnet on Shakespeare's wife for the first time the other day. It deals brilliantly with that rather unfortunate line in his will...
Anne Hathaway

'Item I gyve unto my wife my second best bed ...'
(from Shakespeare's will)

The bed we loved in was a spinning world
of forests, castles, torchlight, clifftops, seas
where we would dive for pearls. My lover's words
were shooting stars which fell to earth as kisses
on these lips; my body now a softer rhyme
to his, now echo, assonance; his touch
a verb dancing in the centre of a noun.
Some nights, I dreamed he'd written me, the bed
a page beneath his writer's hands. Romance
and drama played by touch, by scent, by taste.
In the other bed, the best, our guests dozed on,
dribbling their prose. My living laughing love -
I hold him in the casket of my widow's head
as he held me upon that next best bed.
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