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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Edge

Yes, I fell into a rabbit hole.  I had tea with a Mad Hatter and fought the Queen of Hearts.  The song Mad World comes to mind by Tears for Fears.  In reality, I have had some family drama and ended up going to Maine.  I am sorry Hannah-I didn't get to meet you.  I hope to return next spring-perhaps we can meet then~


I found this book, about a girl who starts a poetry club based on Emily Dickinson and of all things a Ferris Wheel. I bought the book-I am not quite sure why?!  Perhaps because I liked the title, Hope Is A Ferris Wheel.  The main character is the same age I was when poetry illuminated my world.  It is a YA read and endearing.  I will pass it on to a young poet I know.

 Poetry offers us hope-a secret language to share things we rather not fully process, a way to paint with words other worlds, views and insights.  Poetry is a gift! 


Today, I invite you to visit the fairground with me.  In  September, the last agricultural fairs are being held, back where I am from.   Between the red  tents, there is a hive of energy as swarms of people head to the Midway.   Some people love the rides, or  games and everyone has their favorite treat.  I love the aroma of Candy Cotton,  French Fries with Malted vinegar, Dough Boys or Elephant Ears and popcorn.  We relive our childhood in a colorful whirl of giggles and screams.  The fairs of my childhood always had a haunted house or a Fun House of Mirrors.   Let's not forget the awards for huge pumpkins, blue ribbon pies n' pickles and prized animals to visit. 


 So, your challenge is to pair something you love at the carnival a ride, the food, a  game-with a favorite poet.  Let's take Poe in the Fun House of Mirrors, or Dylan Thomas on a Merry-go-round or ride in a twirling Tea Cup with Emily Dickinson.   You get to pick the poet and your favorite aspect of the fair.   You can add a line of poetry from the poet you select or not.  I look forward to your  poems-you can shock us, amaze or make us laugh~  



16 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is such a cool idea, Ella. Thanks!

debispoems said...

Love this prompt. So many poets I'd like to go to the fair with.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, this is a very cool prompt. I am staving off an attack of vertigo so I already am on my own ferris wheel, LOL. Will see what I can conjure!

Ella said...

Kerry-Thank you~ I wish we could all meet at a fair. You know we poets experience life twice. We live it and then recreate it in our poems~

Debispoems-You are sweet! Thank-you~ I look forward to everyone's poem. It is nice to be back. I have missed poetry and all of you Toads.

Sherry-I hope the vertigo gets better. Yes, it sounds like you have already been to the Midway. Sorry, Sherry-I hope you get better soon!

Mama Zen said...

This was fun, Ella!

Ella said...

Mama Zen-I love the darkness you shared~

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I had no idea where this was going, so thanks.

Fireblossom said...

This is a very cool concept!

Hannah said...

What a cool and imaginative idea, Ella! I enjoyed my trip to the fair with poet of choice! Thank you!

That would have been great to meet up in Maine but I know how time can be slippery sometimes and hard to fit in extra stuff on a trip already busy...that aside I am glad you got to visit and I hope you were able to connect with nature like you love to while you were here. Maybe next time!! ♥

Ella said...

Hannah-It was a crazy trip~ I still am spinning from it, to be honest. My husband wants to move back to Maine, but I want to wait until our kids graduate from college. I would love to meet you and your favorite watering hole someday soon~ Yes, I did get a chance to visit my beloved shore and Mt. Battie. Oh, you always make me smile-thank you, Hannah! Yes, next time <3

Fireblossom-Yes, inspiration is everywhere and somehow a YA read got me thinking-thank you!

Buddah-I am so happy you joined in~ It is always fun to see where poetry takes us~ I love how real yours was~

Susan said...

I'll be back to read tomorrow. I couldn't resist this prompt. Thank you.

Ella said...

Hi Susan! I hope you are doing well~ I would like that ;D

Linda said...

Clever theme!

Gail said...

I tried to capture the essence of a fair...

Thanks.

Gail said...

I was so lost in the memory I forgot to pair it with a poet...sorry!

GoldFish said...

I agree that poetry is a channel for the subconscious. Maybe that's what makes anonymity an attractive accessory. Because we'd rather not be judged. I love your blog and the warm community you have. Beautiful.