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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Magnet poetry

At my favorite writing cafe, Stacy's Coffee Parlor on Route 7, they have a bunch of poetry magnets. I'm not sure it's a full set. It doesn't have the word "alone". How can you do poetry without the word "alone"? I mean, okay, granted, you can, but, like, if you were making poetry magnets, which would you include, "alone" or "solitary"? "Solitary" -- bleah. Maybe not bleah, depending... "a solitary crow sits", that could be all right. Or "A solitary muffin sits," better. But, you know, a narrower range of contexts.

Also, you can't repeat words, except "and". That's pretty rough on a poem.


time to play
cocktail america!

every peach kid &
full moon summer motor &
prison-paired dirt rhythm and
lotion lounge boys' veins --

we sizzle like carnival skin --
ricochet off your anatomy,
machine girl!

never wait,
or be
like a stone

Posted by benrosen at January 24, 2006 11:42 AM | Up to blog

The lack of repeated words is a regular frustration when I attack the poetry magnets. I know it wouldn't sell enough copies to be all marketable'n'stuff, but I'd rather have a Beckett Freak poetry magnet set with, oh, twenty different words, but lots of copies of each.


Posted by: Vardibidian at February 3, 2006 10:03 AM
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