Friday, August 14, 2015

Like Ghosts in the Clutches of Dawn

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.
~Ray Bradbury

I'm on vacation today, but I wanted to drop in. I like a bunch of different kinds of poetry, including science fiction poetry. Here's the first part of "Imperfect Storm" by Robert Borski:

Imperfect Storm
by Robert Borski

Though the thunder is deep enough
to rattle the stones of the castle

and the sky is whited out
for nearly minutes at a time,

none of the storm’s bolder strokes
ever seem to find the copper finials

set atop the parapets designed to conduct
the voltage down to the laboratory

below. As a result, the cold, stitched-
together dead thing lying on the slab

never receives the animating spark
it needs to kickstart its black heart.

read the rest here.

Lightning by David


One more from No offense to politicians, but this little haiku is worth a visit.


My Juicy Little Universe has the Poetry Friday round-up.


Tara said...

Wow.. tumescently dark! This poem ventured off in a most unexpected way. Enjoy your holiday, Tabatha!

Donna Smith said...

Well, "tumescently dark"...what an interesting phrase to describe rain-swollen clouds. Very unusual poem with its two tones.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

I adore both of these. The first one is sort of a poem of Imaginary Places or alternate universes, don't you think? And the second one reminds me of Jon Stewart's sign-off bullsh*t rant (the only one of his I have ever watched in 16 years, Daisy's entire lifetime of being too tired to stay up past 10). The only difference is the direction of the flow: smelly excrement or bloody in-crement!

Never a dull moment with Tabatha...

(The verification tool is asking me to click all the images of STEAK.)

Diane Mayr said...

Both of them made me laugh! Maybe I need to read more SF poetry--I sure can use the laughs!

I can never ever think of Frankenstein without thinking of one of my top ten favorite movies--Young Frankenstein. It's probably the number one movie for quotable lines, followed closely by Princess Bride. Lucky me, I'm getting to attend a showing of Princess Bride in a movie theater. I'm sure it'll be an audience of 95% women, all of whom can recite the dialog by heart. I can't wait!

Sally Murphy said...

Love both of these, though I'm not sure the second one is science fiction, lol. Seems eerily accurate.

Mary Lee said...

"I like a bunch of different kinds of poetry" -- great example of hyperbole!! :-)

Like Sally, I'm not sure the second is science fiction!

Carol said...

I love the Ray Bradbury quote at the top. I'm a little embarrassed to admit, especially after this, that I really don't much like science fiction or fantasy and have to make myself read it, so I have titles to share with kids!

Carol Varsalona said...

Tabatha, what an interesting combination of poems that have a dark side to them. I love the line "like ghosts in the clutches of dawn." This is a good one to ponder for author's purpose when ending with a line line like that. The latter poem is oh so funny.

Tabatha said...

Mary Lee, you made me wonder what the opposite of hyperbole is, and I still don't know. Probably "understatement" is my favorite option, but I think there are other (more specific) terms.

Carol, feel free not to like anything you want! One person's favorite is another person's drudgery. That's just the way it is :-)

Bridget Magee said...

Gorman's poem hits the mark! I veered into the political last week, too. Enjoy your vacation! =)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Love the haiku. Quite the brilliant little summation.