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, September 22, 2015

The Tuesday Platform

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden ...



Elizabeth Bishop reads her poem, The Fish, which can be interpreted on many levels, the balance of man and nature, even as a metaphor for the art of writing poetry:
The poem is filled with the strain of seeing – not just the unrelenting pressure of making similes to "capture" the fish, but the fact that the similes themselves involve flawed instruments of vision, stained wallpaper, scratched isinglass, tarnished tinfoil. This is why, on some readings, the poem has the air of summoning up a creature from the speaker’s own inner depths – the surviving nonhuman resources of an earlier creation, glimpsed painfully through the depredations of time and the various frail instruments we devise, historically, to see them. David Kalstone (1989) Source (With Further Interpretations)

Our Open Link provides us with the opportunity to write a promptless poem, to plumb the depths of consciousness and present our own visions in the form of poetry. All are welcome to participate. Every contribution is valued and all comments greatly appreciated.



9 comments:

Marian said...

Good morning, Kerry-- and friends--
Hope all is well. xoxo

hedgewitch said...

Thanks for hosting Kerry. I'm re-posting an old one today. See everyone later.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am posting a sonnet I wrote last weekend. Thanks to those who have already commented.

Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry--I am hoping to get something up that is not yet finished. Thanks for the Bishop notes! k.

Susie Clevenger said...

Hello everyone. I had an amazing five days of music, books and friends. Unfortunately I came home to a friend who rained on my parade. I decided to write out my frustration.

Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry-- mine is a bit of a draft and rant and very oriented towards the US political scene- but we do what we do! Thanks, as always! k.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I'm linking in some erotic haiku which only a few people have seen so far. How come a widowed, celibate 75-year-old is writing erotica? Well, I have memory and imagination! And someone invited me to the "Erotic Haiku" facebook site a while back, so I thought I'd give it a try. In my youth and even middle age I wrote much hotter, more explicit erotica; these days I like subtle. And other people like them too - I just had 7 pieces (not the ones I'm sharing today) accepted for SUCKING MANGOES NAKED, an anthology selected from the site, hopefully to be published in November. Yay! *Skiting like mad!*

Yvonne Osborne said...

A day late but here. Thanks Kerry for the opportunity to revisit an old image.

Gail said...

Thanks for the opportunity to share my words.