Friday, August 3, 2012

More SPS

It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.
~ Stephen Mallarme

Sharing some more from the Summer Poem Swap today.

Heidi's poem below (for Diane) was inspired by a photo by Tomasz Gudzowaty

Shaolin Conversion
by Heidi Mordhorst

Here is one Violet gave Diane:

Igneous Inspiration
by Violet Nesdoly

“Your resonant sources … you must
hunt them out and feed your poems
with them, not necessarily as topics,
subjects or themes, but as the vital force
that fuels your poems.” – Linda Gregg

Dormant dreams heave, push
inner tensions mount
heat of old embarrassments
teenage crushes
remembered triumphs
regurgitated regrets
first love, last hate
passions glowing still
gather, melt, coalesce, build
to a mantle plume
of writhing, bubbling
red-hot inspiration

that finds a pencil
pen or keyboard vent
extrudes lava
no longer recognizable
as your particular history
of libraries, children, cats
cools to new wordscapes
as unexpected and exotic
as the glassy obsidian
that in another life
was granite, mica, quartz.


From Diane to Violet:

Preschool Art
by Diane Mayr

What is it about rainbows
& butterflies that thoroughly
engage these innocents
and compel them to
produce pages filled
with unnatural spectral
arches and psychedelic
winged creatures in color
combinations no god
would think to put together?
Could it be that enchantment
is a fundamental goal of art?


And this poem is for Katya:

A miracle of ink
by Tabatha Yeatts

words buzz around sweet petal centers,
tumbling fuzzily from one
to the next
to the next,
gathering meanings,
sipping inky nectar
and dropping letters
spiky black
into waxy combs
sealed gently
ready to be cracked open
and sucked dry.


Thank you for letting me share your poems, Heidi, Violet, and Diane!

Today's Poetry Friday round-up is being hosted by On the Way to Somewhere.


Diane Mayr said...

Thanks for letting me participate in the swap!

Donna Smith said...

Wow! What beautiful poetry! Thanks for sharing and thanks to the poets for allowing the sharing! Loved yours, Tabatha. "dropping letters" "sipping inky nectar". Loved the miracle of your poem!

Robyn Hood Black said...

What a treat to read these - thanks for sharing, Tabatha, and hats off to all you crazy talented women.

Mary Lee said...

Fun, fun, fun!! I am SO in the game next time you play!!

rena traxel said...

@Violet I love the lines "pen or keyboard vent/extrudes lava".
@Diane I must have a fridge full of "unnatural spectral" art.

Author Amok said...

Heidi's poem is so peaceful and I love how it's placed artfully on the image -- "faith's weight" is worth thinking over.

Linda B said...

Just beautiful. Isn't it interesting that they're all about putting words into something that is captured from the thoughts? I love the 'words buzz around sweet petal centers' Tabatha, but all the poems are inspiring for the writer. Thank you!

Irene Latham said...

Y'all are so awesome. Love these. I'm enamored of the word "fuzzily".... thanks so much for sharing!

Glenn said...

Me, I'm just a big sticky puddle of regurgitated regrets.. (heh heh)

Heidi said...

Again, I thank Tabatha for organizing us--we are a small but powerful group, and I love how this allows us to begin writing FOR each other instead of just AT each other!

Heidi said...

Oh, that was me, Heidi, masquerading as anonyMouse!

Marjorie said...

Well, anonyMouse or Heidi, you're right, you are a strong group - what a wonderful sharing of poetry with each other - and thank you for also sharing with us.