Definition

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Post

The Tuesday post on Real Toads has been shared by Grace O'Malley's Form Challenge, and Robb Lloyd's Critique Corner. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Robb is no longer able to host his Corner, which leaves a slot open for any member who has an idea he or she would like to share and is willing to commit to hosting it every two weeks.  We have a lot going on here at Real Toads, so a day off may not be a bad thing, but I'm always open to trying something new.


We are privileged to have so many talented and knowledgeable writers who are willing to share on this forum to the benefit of all.  However, I don't want any of these contributors to feel they are stuck here, once they have offered their time. If ever you feel your idea has run its course, we will all understand and offer the vacant post to another member. In this way, the pond in the Imaginary Garden will never grow stagnant.


I leave you with this clip of Anis Mojgani performing his poem, The Fisherman.  Shawnacy shared a link of his work, and I was blown away. Listening to this poem, makes me want to throw away everything I've ever written and start again.  Enjoy.





13 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Please contact me if you have an idea. I was thinking that we are a little short on musical inspiration...

Mary Ann Potter said...

Oh, my goodness. I see what you meant about tearing up everything and starting over. This poem squeezed out its images so effectively, so poignantly, and now it's squeezing me as well. Wow. Let me spell that backwards - woW.

Marian said...

musical inspiration? whatever do you mean? maybe i could work on something having to do with music...

i am still high today from seeing an amazing performer, live and in person, last night: Dick Dale, king of the surf guitar. AMAZING and TOTALLY INSPIRING. watch out for surf poetry!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Most of our prompts are visual or rely on the written word. What about something that involves listening to a piece of music, that translates into imagery on the page?

Kay L. Davies said...

I could never write a poem with that much imagery, or speak it with that much strength. Wonderful!
And Marian mentioned surf poems after seeing the fabulous Dick Dale.
Musical inspiration? I've just been writing, yesterday and today, about my father who was a musician. I was born tone-deaf and with little sense of rhythm, but Dad made sure I learned to listen to and enjoy music of many kinds, and I'm so grateful to him.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Marian said...

let's chat, i might be game :)

The Old Raven said...

Kerry perhaps rotating this assignment every quarter might might be the thing.

Laurie Kolp said...

A lovely treat. I had seen that video yesterday. Isn't he amazing?

As far as prompts, I'm really enjoying taking part every other Friday. Thank you!

Kim Nelson said...

THANK YOU for sharing the video. Inspired me today. You are a wonderful facilitator, Kerry!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thank you, Kim and thanks for all the feedback. Marian and I have put our heads together, and are working on an idea, so watch this space.

Fireblossom said...

I would be available to do a music or picture prompt if you need someone. My email is on my profile. :-)

shawnacymariekiker said...

AH! i miss ONE DAY... :) i'm so glad you posted this. i can't say enough about anis.
and it's so strange you should mention music. i was going to message you this week about doing a music- based challenge... .not that you don't already have enough on your plate.
glad you two tigresses are working it out!

Susannah said...

What a wonderful video, I must have missed this earlier! I just followed Kims twitter link and listened. I loved it.