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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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Tuesday Platform



We'll burn all of our poems
Add to God's debris
We'll pray to all of our saints
Icons of mystery
We'll tramp through the mire
When our souls feel dead
With laughter we'll inspire
Then back to life again 

-- Patti Smith, from “April Fool” 

On this and every Tuesday in the Imaginary Garden, the rules are simple: Share a poem with us, and visit others during the week. Everyone is welcome!

14 comments:

grapeling said...

great inspiration, Marian - thanks ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Thank you, I love Patti Smith. (Didn't use her as inspiration; just glad to see her here.)

Kim Russell said...

What a coincidence - I've been reading lots of Patti Smith recently - I'm into the last chapters of M Train, and was planning to do a 'cover' of one of her poems! It's not written yet but I've shared something else in the meantime. Have a wonderful week!

brudberg said...

I will come around later to read..

Timoteo said...

Greetings of the season to you, Toads. Stay warm!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I'm sharing a few 'memories' today.

Kerry O'Connor said...

@ Tim
Easy to stay warm this week with temps reaching 38C.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hey everyone,

Hope you're having an amazing day so far 💝 sharing a haibun this week "Cloudburst" thank you Marian for the lovely opportunity 💝 xo


Lots of love,
Sanaa

Stacie Eirich said...

Hello Toads! I hope you're having a wonderful new week. I've linked up a Thanksgiving poem from last week. :-) Happy reading/writing!

Marian said...

How fortuitous that I shared this photo of Patti wrapped in an American flag. I did not realize how timely this iconic image would be! Good thing she ain't burning it, as this morning we learned that our president-elect favors prison or stripping of citizenship for those who employ flag burning as their method of FREE SPEECH!
(Sorry. Whew. ARGH.)

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for sharing the photo and words of inspiration, since its open mic, i just cashed in on the word "laughter" and did a grandma's haibun, Hope you in-joy it

much love...

Margaret said...

Late playing with my "Artistic Interpretations" so am posting it here as well.

wkkortas said...

We should not criminalize burning the flag. Poets, on the other hand...

Marian said...

*wink*