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April 6th JP Poem Pick

There was a nice turnout for our monthly JP meeting today. Everyone there was able to read a poem of their choice and we had some really interesting discussion. This leads me to my point: let’s use this blog as a forum for the discussion of all things poetic. I will continue to post daily poems for the rest of the month, as well as daily prompts. I would welcome those who are comfortable with posting the poems that they write in response to the prompts to do so. Or if you just have a poetry-minded question, idea, topic, etc., post that!

Here is our poem for today, chosen by Brian Garrison.

A Man Said to the Universe

by Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe:

“Sir, I exist!”

“However,” replied the universe,

“The fact has not created in me

A sense of obligation.”

Thanks, Brian. And for those who didn’t know, Brian publishes Parody: “Poetry for the world as it really isn’t.”

It’s mission is simple:

“[It] is a print journal for poetry that makes you laugh. [It] live[s] primarily to honor the bards of old (as well as living poets) by turning their words into a mockery, but love[s] ridicule of all varieties.” (Taken from http://parody.onimpression.com/p/about.html)

Click on the URL above for the whole picture.

So , for today, let’s write a poem that makes use of parody in some way. Be funny. Be ridiculous. Be creative.

That’s it. Get going!!!

And, again, we would love to see some poems/comments on the blog!!!


2 Responses

  1. I took some notes on what everyone chose to read to the group. Apologies for the gaps, but maybe others can help fill them in!?

    To be of use: Marge Piercy
    In the Bleak Midwinter: Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Born to Piss Everyone Off: Maureen Owen
    Cut Grass: Philip Larkin
    Bluebird: Charles Bukowski
    Dear March, Come In: Emily Dickinson
    Spring Sonnet: Mary(?)
    Birth of a Cosmos: Almeta’s son
    ?? (read by Roy)
    Marriage Made in Heaven: Phil Morabito
    ?? (read by Ed)
    Poem to my Uterus: Lucille Clifton
    Hey You: Local poet
    For Monet: May Sarton
    Dirty Pool: ??
    The Swimming Lesson: Mary Oliver
    The Act: William Carlos Williams
    The Numinous: Bhanu Padmo
    Notes from a Nonexistent Himalayan Expedition: Wislawa Szymborska
    ?? (read by John)
    ?? (ready by Anita)

    • Hi,-
      The Notes from a nonexistent Himalayan Expedition was my pick. I agree it was a really nice meeting…rexlaxed, friendly and so many wonderful choices. I also made a list and I am happy you have posted yours…what a super resource to get turned on to poems we may not know. BTW,Roy’s was the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. It was fun to see several of us reciting the Mddle English along with him. And thanks again to Ed Scutt for “sounding the spring poetry alarm”!!


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