One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Weekend Mini Challenge: People and Places

Welcome to the Weekend Mini Challenge with Kim from!

In poetry we use imagery to convey moments, emotions, objects, animals, people and places. Sometimes we can convey someone’s personality through place and vice versa – place through our description of a person. I have two examples to share with you.

The first is a poem by Norman McCaig, entitled ‘Aunt Julia’, in which the poet’s memories of his aunt become blurred with the place in which she lived. It can be found by following the link:  

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The second is ’Island Man’ by Grace Nichols, which uses the state of waking to convey the confusion of a man who is not where he wants to be. Here’s a link to an interview that ends with Grace Nichols reading the poem:

Today’s challenge is to write about a place through a person or a person through a place. Link your new poem to Mr Linky.  I look forward meeting your relatives and friends, real and fictional!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Of Angels and Monsters

For today’s prompt I’ve gathered seven pop culture quotes that have to do with angels, monsters or both. Your mission is to pick one and create a poem based on it. Your poem does not have to specifically be about an angel or a monster, but it must have some relation to at least one of these quotes. Please be sure to mention the quote that served as your inspiration somewhere in your post, and as always pay a visit to your fellow poets.

“I’m the thing monsters have nightmares about.” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“He’s an angel, not a saint.” – Michael

“'Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” - Dracula

“One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.” – Doctor Who

 “I can spot a commandment breaker a mile away.” –Dogma

“Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?” – It’s A Wonderful Life

“We all go a little mad sometimes.” - Psycho