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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, April 18, 2015

The Legacies of Nimoy & Pratchett

The first quarter of 2015 has seen the passing of two enormously influential men - both have contributed to the world's trove of stories in their unique ways, and have left behind a legacy of wisdom.


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Leonard Nimoy, who immortalized the character Mr Spock in the Star Trek series, died on 27 February at the age of 83.


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Sir Terry Pratchett, best selling author of the Disc World series (among more than 70 books published), died on 28 April aged 66.

For this prompt, I ask you to read a selection of the quoted words of either man, until you find the one that inspires you to write an original poem. Please include the quote with your post.

Click on the links below to visit the Goodreads quote pages:

Leonard Nimoy

Sir Terry Pratchett


16 comments:

Jim said...

This ought to be fun, Terry. Fun but a hard assignment.
I have on request at our library Prachett's last published book, "THE LONG UTOPIA: A NOVEL." You told me that I would like a couple of other suggestions more but since this was his last I still am going for it.
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Susie Clevenger said...

I am first. Goodness that rarely happens. Thank you so much Kerry for the inspiration.

Björn Rudberg said...

Sorry for manhandling this a little.. I had the poem and managed to find a quite that fitted.. :-). I only have 10 sonnets to go now.

Fireblossom said...

I'm a big fan of Nimoy, not as familiar with Pratchett, but in the end it was Pratchett whose quote sparked my poem.

ccchampagne said...

It had to be Nimoy... *smile* Sorry for being a bit absent from responding to comments and visiting fellow toads for a few days. Will try to make better!

Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry! You may know (since I say it often) that Pratchett is just about my favorite writer. I've probably read forty books of his many more than forty times. I wrote a not very good poem when I first noticed this prompt, then--my house is being painted--lost that notebook--then found it--it was truly not very good!--so think I've come up with something else. But I was struck looking at the quotes how many great ones there are. He tended to recycle a bit, which makes sense given how many books he wrote--so some of the best ones have been repeated but they are well worth it. I also wanted to say I got a draft of the prompt for tomorrow up; I'll be adding pictures but the basic prompt is there. k.

Gillena Cox said...

(◕‿◕。) chose Spock without even blinking, i'm a Trekie


much love...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all like my poem. I chose Sir Terry Pratchett as inspiration.

Thank you Kerry for this wonderful prompt! It was fun :D
xoxo

Other Mary said...

Love this.

hedgewitch said...

I am really struggling right now with the April process--my ability to assimilate is suffering--never read Pratchett, and not very into Nimoy either, but I will read some quotes and see where it leads and get back if I can--thanks for the challenge, Kerry, even if I can't find the words.

Marian said...

Thank you, Kerry.

grapeling said...

combined this with Magaly's prompt. I hadn't read much of Pratchett, so this was cool. but I threw away "the tribble with" because, well... ~

angieinspired said...

Hope it was okay that I scrolled past page 1 of Pratchett's pages to find just the quote I wanted.

Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry--I so love Pratchett and wrote a more serious poem than the one I ended up posting, but just had a bit too much going on, so went with something more silly. Agh. Onwards and upwards. k.

Hannah said...

I enjoyed this, Kerry...I learned some interesting things about Nimoy that I didn't know before. Thank you, for the challenge!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Is there no end to my temerity? A few days ago I was arguing with Joan Didion; now I am contradicting the revered and beloved Sir Terry!