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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, February 13, 2016

Sunday Mini-Challenge: Carpe Jugulum

Appearance is not the most reliable of mistresses. But we do have to start somewhere, dont we? Welcome to the Sunday Mini-Challenge, dearest Toads. This weekend, I’m calling for poetry that explores what eyes, brains and instincts can see when they work as a team in the art of making sense of the world and the behavior of its people.

How are we going to do that? Easy… we’ll use the following quote, from Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum, as a foundation: “Don’t trust the cannibal just ’cos he’s usin’ a knife and fork!”

You didn’t think I was going to forget to wave at those of you who celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow, did you? May everyone find (and keep) their perfect tape dispenser to love. 
(this is a photograph of a Sam Gross cartoon, found in my copy of the Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, 1925-2004, pg. 601)

Please craft a new poem that speaks of your thoughts/feelings on Terry Pratchett’s quote, and add the direct link to your poem below. Then go visit your fellow Toads to delight in their poetic creations.   

16 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for an inspiring challenge, Magaly. I love the cartoon, and a 'meaty' quote to sink one's teeth into. I look forward to reading the poems.

Gillena Cox said...

i really luv that cartoon (✿◠‿◠) and thanks for another exciting challenge, never heard of those two words before "Carpe Jugulum"

Okay so im off to bend and stretch my creative gizmos

much love...

brudberg said...

Great cartoon... certainly all is not what it looks... sorry for going a dark road...

Outlawyer said...

Terrific cartoon, and, of course, I love Pratchett. k.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Dig in, everyone... or, bite?

@Gillena, Terry Pratchett had a delicious sense of humor. His titles reflect this very well. ;-)

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it! I can identify with Terry Pratchett's humor. Great challenge!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I've approached the 'know it when you see it' idea a little differently.

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Susie, so glad you enjoyed yourself with this one. I reread your contribution with squinted yes and teeth bared.

@Keryy, I LOVE your take on the prompt. Then again, I always fall in love with your sonnets. ♥

Outlawyer said...

Hey Magali! I have actually written a couple of poems for the prompt--the one I've posted the third--probably the most far out--I don't know. The first seemed too political, and the second a little boring! Anyway, thanks! k.

Magaly Guerrero said...

@K, I read the two you linked and I love them both. I traveled the Ganges with your speaker and smelled the scents, the choking scents... saw the beauty. And "22 Below..." is just perfect for the season!

Hannah said...

This one caused quite the spill...more words than I usually offer...thank you for inspiring, Magaly!

Fireblossom said...

I had to ponder this challenge for quite a while, but i think it was worth it for what I came up with.

Jim said...

Thank you, Magalay, for this delightful prompt. I have enjoyed reading the other's reactive poetry. Too, I loved the cartoon. I remember when that book came out. Now I am wishing I ha d one, I'm sure I could find a used one if I tried. But it would probably be resting near my book, "The Complete 'Fireside' Cartoons Compilation" or similarly titled. Meaning the both would be where I could no longer be able to find them.
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Carol Campbell said...

Magaly, this was a wonderful prompt. I had to sit with it for awhile and then it finally flowed. Thank you. Have loved the other poets' takes too!

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Hannah and Fireblossom, your contributions were beyond wonderful. So much so that I read them a couple of times. I love poetry full of life and living.

@Jim, I got lucky with this find. I found my copy on a thrift store for almost nothing. My husband has two huge Farside. We read a few pages every now and then before bed, and roar like lunatics.

@Carol, I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. I, too, have been loving the wonders everybody has crafted.

Margaret said...

Late to the game... and now I'm off to visit and read.