Don’t we love them! They are our most basic tools of trade. Perhaps, dear wordsmiths, the most wonderful thing about them is that there are so many different ways we can use them.
If you’re on facebook, do find the Poets Out Loud page (at this link) and then find the video introducing Pancho. Or if you’ve an hour to spare, enjoy the whole Youth Slam here at the Poets Out Loud website. I promise you, it’s a joy and a revelation. Or you can find individual entrants on YouTube.
I’m also impressed by the runner-up, 16-year-old Georgia Smith, who presented, with gut-wrenching fervour, a powerful piece on relationship violence. The vivid originality is here also, and the clever rhymes – but these words are direct, strong, and mostly one-syllable. Two terrific poems, so very different, each suiting the words to the theme. And, if you decide to enjoy the whole hour, there’s a variety of other poetic choices in just this one small geographical area and one brief space of time.
This is what I love about our P&SU community, too: always such a rich variety of styles, moods, forms, subject matter … so many different ways, not only of using language but of exploring it to find its utmost expressive possibilities.
I’m primarily a poet so I tend to focus on poetry, but the limitless ways of using words apply as much to prose – from the powerfully spare sentences of Hemingway to the richly complex style of Lawrence Durrell, from the careful details of plot, personality and social observation in Austen to the wide-open Joycean ‘stream of consciousness’.
If there are limits, we – the whole collective of poets and storytellers all over the world, throughout all of human time – haven’t found them yet. We keep on finding ways to 'make it new'.
Feel free to excite us (or soothe, inspire, amaze, arouse, agitate, alarm, delight, surprise, chill or warm, etc.) with your writings – old or new, poetry or prose, in any style, on any topic. If it’s prose, please keep it within 369 words, excluding title. Then share it with the rest of us via Mr Linky, which will stay open for a week. Happy reading, folks! And don’t forget to check back for participants linking towards the end of the week.
Meanwhile, next Wednesday, Magaly will invite us to write new poetry or prose where the
central theme revolves around one or more of the following five words: 1.
Allyship (n. active support for the rights of a
minority or marginalized group without being a member of it), 2.
Blursday (n. a day of the week that is
indistinguishable from any other), 3. Covidiot (n. a person who disobeys guidelines designed
to prevent the spread of Covid-19), 4. Doomscrolling (n. the action of compulsively scrolling through social
media or news feeds which relate bad news), 5. Virtue-signalling
(n. the public
expression of opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good
character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue).
Thanks for being our hostess today Rosemary.ReplyDelete
Happy Sunday everyone
You're very welcome, Gillena. And the same to you.Delete
Good day, everyone!ReplyDelete
Hi Rosemary, poetry is alive and well in Australia, at least in your town. :)
i went to the link where Pancho read his Confederacy of Ants. Nice, loads of talent. trying to keep a straight face while reading. :)
Yes, I am so lucky to live where I do. Scenic beauty, the intimacy of a small country town, plus the fact that it's full of artists, poets, musicians, healers, mystics....Delete
PS So glad you had a listen to Pancho.Delete
my pleasure. :)Delete
Thanks for the new (to me) words, Rosemary. I would want to be involved in an 'allyship' one day. Adorable Pancho and his Confederacy of Ants. :)ReplyDelete
Yes, our Pancho is a rising star I think. So glad you took a look.Delete
But it is Magaly who will be presenting us with 'allyship' etc.; I can take no credit except for giving you a heads-up.
Oh, it's for Wednesday. Sorry I missed that bit. Okay, noted then.Delete
Cannot wait to dive into all that wonderful poetry!!! Young folks amaze me. And would be remiss if I didn't say how much I love saying out loud the names of Oz cities ... Mooloolaba, Murwillumbah, Wollombi, Eumundi. Cheers.ReplyDelete
I have wondered how many of those words were made up just because they're fun to say.Delete
What a good girl you are, Helen, to call it Oz! (Grin.) Yes, they are great names.Delete
Priscilla, they are not made up; they are Aboriginal names, or corruptions thereof, as close as the early settlers/invaders could come to the right pronunciation.
I thought of a "Covidiots" rap right away...and now I wonder: Was that virtue-signalling?ReplyDelete
Ha ha. Just do it!Delete
Hello Poets! I have been gone so long from this site I am virtually a stranger. I am venturing back into the world of posting my poetry again. I will be on and off during the day as errands and walks and trees call me.ReplyDelete
Welcome back, Toni! It is so wonderful to read you. I am so glad to see your stardust mingling with ours again.Delete
Yes indeed to what Magaly says. I'm so happy to see you back with us.Delete
Agree! Words are exciting and then some. Like you said, so much can be done with them. And when we do them together, the results are quite the wonder.ReplyDelete
Happiest Sunday, everyone!
Looking forward to your words for Wednesday, and what we all do with them!Delete
Rosemary, thank you for telling us about your "an hour to spare, enjoy the whole Youth Slam." Yes, I'll get time, put it on my home page. I'll look up where it was held, I've been to Tasmania, Melbourne, and Sydney, coming in through theirReplyDelete
seaports. Magaly's words are tempting, I will use one.
I love your enthusiastic participoation, Jim!Delete
Er ... participation ... participoetation....Delete