Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not What We came To See ~ Micro Poetry

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The Projectionist’s Nightmare

This is the projectionist’s nightmare:
A bird finds its way into the cinema,
Finds the beam, flies down it,
smashes into a screen depicting a garden,
a sunset and two people being nice to each other.
Real blood, intestines, slither down
the likeness of a tree.
“This is no good,” screams the audience,
“This is not what we came to see.”

Brian Patten
Liverpool, UK



Today is the day we put the "mini' back into the Sunday Mini-Challenge, and return to the option of form poetry. The object of this challenge is to write a poem in no more than 10 lines (but you may write in fewer than 10 lines all the way down to a single American sentence). You may choose your own form or stick to free verse, if preferred.

This weekend, our frame of reference is 'This is not what we came to see...' quoted from Brian Patten's poem, The Projectionist's Nightmare.  Follow the link given above to Patten's website where more of his work is available to read.

I look forward to reading a number of short poems, from Saturday through to Monday. The link does not expire, so please feel free to write more than one poem, and a return to comment on poems linked later would be appreciated.


12 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Glad you are feeling better, Kerry. Will have to cogitate over this one--so much material comes to mind.

brudberg said...

This made me think about my vacation... something you find something even better than what you expect... Glad you are getting better Kerry...

Fireblossom said...

Clearly, I have no shame.

gillena cox said...

Happy you are feeling better Kerry.
About the weekend's prompt, still wearing my thinking cap, no written words yet

Much love...

Magaly Guerrero said...

I was going over my blackout poems folder and something popped up... So I've linked it. Hope is new enough.

Glad you are out of the woods, Kerry.

writinginnorthnorfolk.com said...

Good to see you back, Kerry. That's a great poem to illustrate micro poetry and a great prompt.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Sorry to hear you have been unwell Kerry and glad you are getting better.

Thanks for the excellent prompt.

Please know I have not long finished night-shift, so if I don't Visit all other poets, I will across the next few days.

Kind regards
Anna :o]

Gillena Cox said...

Okay toads off with the thinking cap; inspired by the images at Magaly's link i wrote and linked up my response

A nice weekend to all

much love...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Glad you are on the mend, Kerry. Great prompt. As Joy said, so many possibilities. As I am weary of humans in the political field, I chose an animal's story.

Susie Clevenger said...

Kerry, great to know you are better. I have been digging through ghosts lately. My poem is a reflection of that.

Jim said...

A nice prompt, Kerry. I was glad to see that you are feeling well enough to handle this one. Have a nice week, it may try to wear you down. Rest when you can.
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Marian said...

Late but here! Hope you are on the mend, Kerry. xo