Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Tuesday Platform: in lieu of a poem

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

in lieu of a poem, i’d like to say

apricots & brown teeth in browner mouths nashing dates & a clementine’s underflesh under yellow nail & dates like auntie heads & the first time someone dried mango there was god & grandma’s Sunday only song & how the plums are better as plums dammit & i was wrong & a June’s worth of moons & the kiss stain of the berries & lord the prunes & the miracle of other people’s lives & none of my business & our hands sticky and a good empty & please please pass the bowl around again & the question of dried or ripe & the sex of grapes & too many dates & us us us us & varied are the feast but so same the sound of love gorged & the women in the Y hijab a lily in the water & all of us who come from people who signed with x’s & yesterday made delicacy in the wrinkle of the fruit & at the end of my name begins the lot of us

Copyright © 2019 Danez Smith. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on April 29, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

Good day, poets! I hope you all are doing amazingly well. It's May and I can not believe that we are almost halfway through 2019 already. After the grueling Poetry Month, I took a bit of a break from blogging and reading. Also, certain other aspects of life in terms of "future planning" took precedence and would continue to be the center of my attention for a couple of months. It's so good to have a break from all of that and to be hosting over here at With Real Toads.

This is Anmol (alias HA) and I welcome you all to The Tuesday Platform. This is an open link avenue for you to share a link to any poem, old or new, in the widget down below. Once you have done so, do not forget to visit others' links too and share your words/comments with them. I look forward to reading you all and I wish you a wonderfully poetic week ahead.

P.s. You may have noticed that Mr. Linky is getting displayed in a different manner on this post. I am checking if it can be sorted out and restored to the usual display. Till then, please click on the widget button which would open up a new tab. You can add your link and visit others' posts from there.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weekend Mini-Challenge: Oh, the (Poetic) Irony!

I love satiric humor. It might be the reason why I enjoy shows like Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I also consume the news unfiltered—living in a world without knowing what’s ripping it apart (and holding it together) is never a good idea. Still, I doubt I would be able to survive (or process the horror, without screaming my brains out) if I couldn’t count on irony to lighten my heart up a bit.

So, for today’s prompt, I invite you to write a new poem using one (2 or all 3 ) of the following satire-rich cartoons from The New Yorker. Please, let us know which cartoon(s) you chose to craft a poem about.

If you are feeling extra-inspired, make your contribution a narrative poem, which tells the story taking place in the illustration and/or the caption.

“Yes, the planet got destroyed, but for a beautiful moment in time 
we created a lot of value for shareholders.”

“A few of us are going out after work to pretend it’s not the end of the world, 
if you want to join us.”

“Remember when we drank coffee with the paper?”

Add the direct link to your poem to Mr. Linky. See what other Toads poetized out of the cartoons. Be well.