Thursday, 19 October 2006

What I avoid - Poetry Thursday

Poetry Thursday this week asks us to think about what we avoid - both poetically and in more general terms. I have to say that there isn't a type of poetry that I would entirely avoid, without first finding out that I don't like that writer or style. I prefer to read French, German or Italian poetry in the original language and avoid reading it in translation (but that's not avoiding the poetry!) . I also avoid writing in certain forms, for example I have never written a villanelle or a sestina, though I know they can be effective in expressing some types of emotion and would consider writing one in the future if I felt the need. The poem below is a combination of a form of poetry that i dislike (though don't actually avoid) and a few of the things I avoid in life:


Things I Avoid

dogs with snaggly teeth and glowing red coals for eyes
political marches hijacked by extremists
mainstream films and bestseller books
the sleeplessness of real coffee after midday
flying when I could take the train or boat
throwing out what could be recycled
working too hard
pounding techno music and military marches
Talk Radio and banal tv
soulless shopping malls
stilettos and make up
products from multinational conglomerates
statements lazily drawn together in a so called ‘list poem’


17 comments:

madd said...

Great post..loved the last line..lol, says it all thanks ..enjoyed..m

ian russell said...

you and me both. yes, (last line) it's possibly more to do with the effort (or lack of) rather than the form. the problem being often what looks simplest is the most difficult to pull off.

yet lyrically they can work quite well.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi there, thanks for visiting. I agree Ian, there are lyrical and successful list poems out there, but they are all too easy to do badly and end up reading like a shopping list.

ren.kat said...

Can't say that list poems work that well for me, either- at least when I think of poems that I love or have been moved by- not a one appears. It is a challenge, though. . . thanks! and thanks for stopping by.

twilightspider said...

It's true that some forms just feel less, well, creative than others. Perfect example!

chiefbiscuit said...

Fantastic! I agree with every line, except for the line about coffee. :)

Catherine said...

I did once encounter a very moving and powerful list poem - can't remember the title or author unfortunately. It was a nice twist in the last line though. I'm afraid I would be dishonest if I claimed to be the same for the coffee and the bestsellers :)

abhay k said...

I think it is quite a comprehensive list...
thank you for sharing your poem with us!

Endment said...

Kudos to you
very well put!!!

Pat Paulk said...

But, then, you have written a wonderful one!!

my backyard said...

I like the specificity of your poems. Also enjoyed the gentle poke at yourself in the last line. It's nice that you have a sense of humor.

Delaleuverses said...

This was great, I enjoyed reading :)

Mike Mc said...

I think I just learned what a good list poem looks like. Good job.

MB said...

Great last "punch" line to this one!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks all for visiting and for all your comments.

Nia said...

but...but....but.... list poems don't have to be lazy! They can be very beautiful indeed! :(

Just joking. I like the final twist, and I might use this as a prompt.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Nia, thanks!! :)