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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Broken Hearts & Auto Parts

Special greetings, Toads! Today we are following Kevn Kinney on a tour of the American South.

Kevn Kinney is a songwriter and troubadour hailing from Atlanta, Georgia (by way of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he grew up). He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the band Drivin N Cryin. Kevn Kinney writes poignant story-songs about life and love, often sharing the stage with a cast of other musician characters you might know.

It’s worth listening to this version of "Broken Hearts and Auto Parts" all the way through, as Kevn gets a truly classic story in at the end. This song is the title track from his 2002 album; the studio version is great, as it (and the whole record) features harmony vocals from Sarah Lee Guthrie. But I love this capture of Kevn’s live performance.

Toads, your challenge is to look back over the past twelve months and write a poem completing this sentence: “It’s [blank] and [blank] this year.” You don’t have to use that line in your poem, but please channel its spirit and bring on a story(-ies). Write about heartbreak, automobiles, expensive dates, advice from your father, or whatever else comes to mind as you reflect on this year that is coming to a close. As always, please link up something new for this prompt, and I look forward to reading!

As Kevn says: "When in doubt, just be yourself."



Marcoantonio Arellano said...

i believe this to be the years trials and strife of our world, in a metaphirical way.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Great advice! I once tried to be someone else but it didn't stick.

Björn Rudberg said...

Ha. I'm still trying to figure out who am I am.. :-)

Hannah said...

What a great challenge, Marian and thank you for the introduction to Kevn!

Kenn Merchant said...

This is a welcoming and wonderful challenge Marian. I accept! :) And hope that you all enjoy it.

I usually don't do things like this till New Year's Eve, but what the heck. :)

Marian said...

hi pals, i'm totally preoccupied today but will be around later to read your lovely offerings. glad to see so many of you here in a flippin' busy time! xo

Susie Clevenger said...

I could have written a novel about this year, but I kept it more Reader's Digest.

Kerridwen said...

Read the other poems, and finally managed to find inspiration for mine, but it didn't go at all how I imagined it! Not sure if that's a good thing!