This is how you do it, Dorian
Posted by Peter Kenneally on May 12, 2009
‘a not unhappy ending
climbers tarry, stop
cherried leaves lift, tilt, by chilled wind vibrate
before soundless form and senseless weight.
grey eyes ask and green reflect the shifting feet, distraught, caught
rock and void, soil lost in puff and gasp and laugh bisect.
hope is naught, closed lips don’t see.
growing gaping flying lost.
moss is left, a life the cost.
Pretty deep, eh? or:
How I became a published poet in just 10 minutes
- Gordon Farrer
- I RECEIVED the email from Poetry.com (The International Library of Poetry) inviting me to take a poetry IQ test late on a Friday. It had been a lazy day in the office, I was bored, so I did the quiz: 11 multiple-choice questions and an assignment to write and submit an original, unpublished poem. I rattled off the answers, knocked out a poem and sent the lot into cyberspace before racing for the train
I don’t usually respond to spam, but Poetry.com (The International Library of Poetry) struck a chord. The name suggested dust motes floating in sunlight slanting on to an oak desk messy with gilt-edged tomes, quill in an ink pot, calligraphy flowing across parchment. Their address was 1 Poetry Plaza, Owing Mills, Maryland. This mob had literary written all over it.
My test results arrived the following week: a perfect score. The folks at Poetry.com (The International Library of Poetry) were impressed: this score, they noted, indicated an excellent grasp of poetic terms, structure, forms and techniques; they suspected I had undertaken advanced-level study in literature or advanced poetry courses; it was likely, they thought, that I had spent considerable time writing and developing my own poetic “voice” and techniques.
They dared believe that if I could apply this knowledge of poetic form and structure to my own work I would be considered among the most talented of poetic artists.
The poem I had submitted would be assessed by a judging panel and I would receive an evaluation by mail.
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