National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 24

My day 24 poem for National Poetry Writing Month sort of uses the prompt on—to write an ekphrastic poem about the stuff found in the margins of medieval manuscripts. I made a couple of attempts, but quickly got bored. So, this is what I ended up doing: …and there was much rejoicing I know the [...]


On the other side, past the line (a poem)

Inspired by the background photo I used for the cover of …but for the thoughts running through my mind. It’s not just a photograph it’s a condition I have to decipher the rendition on my screen Does it mean what I think it means? Is there something on the other side? Something past the line? The reflection [...]

Illusional (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph by @helenina on ello. Grains on the paper pixels on the screen silver and grey black to white and everywhere in between to paint those eyes looking out at me everything in just the right place but for that one stray hair on the right side of your face Illusions fixed [...]

On waters travelled within (a poem)

Inspired by the Pussy Riot video ‘Organs’, the Ruby Throat video ‘Barebaiting’, and a photo or two on Tumblr. I don’t know where the blood comes from or how much it takes to fill me up The imprint that would tell me is missing I close my eyes The flowers in her hair that flows around [...]

Easter eggs in autumn (a poem)

Inspired by the Shiina Ringo DVDs 賣笑エクスタシー [Baishou Ecstasy] and Electric Mole. Cat ears Cat’s eyes Which pair shows the truth of the disguise? There’s a girl in kimono playing guitar at the Budokan she might know but don’t expect her to tell… The lock won’t open if you don’t know the code Your chances [...]

Tumbling (a poem)

Inspired by Tumblr feeds. The image repeats up and down the screen a scrolling scene change in the form of repetition for tired eyes to notice A collage of rope and flowers marks burned into parchment flashbacks from the dream rendered in layers impermanence translated as beauty Pools of honey have drowned the bees spiders [...]

The endless life (a poem)

Inspired by the movie The Age of Adeline. Another day without change as the world transforms itself around me and disappears, a little bit every day The maintenance of secrets is a full-time job a lifetime occupation So is the letting go Each time I choose to pull away adds another layer, another scar another unfinished [...]