Free Verse Revolution: The Collection (2010-2017) by Nicholas Gagnier

Free Verse Revolution: The Collection (2010-2017) by Nicholas GagnierDriven by a mix of fear his life will have so little impact that his obituary will contain unnoticed spelling errors and a converse irony about the irrelevance of celebrity, Gagnier gathers poems that both showcase the arc of his life and gently mock the project as a naïve attempt to encapsulate something both complex and incomplete.

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Fleeting Ink by Miriam Joy

Fleeting Ink by Miriam JoyJoy weaves together hymns in praise of feeling rather than deconstructing poetry with evidence that words cannot be other than a structure around anything of actual meaning, elegantly capturing both the power of language to show reality and its failure.

A Flurry of Darkness

This image by the rather talented Ink Stitution was the photo prompt in one of the poetry communities to which I belong. Which inspired the haiku that follows.

A double exposure of a street of houses and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling that has been tinted with a dark blue palette
Ink Stitution – Licensed for use by Community Members)

Fog obscures the path
Monsters hide in the shadows
Trust me to save you

This post is dedicated to the myriad Goths who face another 364 days of being told it isn’t Halloween yet.

A Stick To Beat One’s Tongue

Poetry is hard to define, but one of the common guides for what is “good” poetry, is conformity to tradition: does this poem follow the forms of Latin verse? Does that poem fit the structure of Shakespearean sonnets? Does this tanka reference the season and have a metaphysical shift in the middle? And such fitting of a time-honoured pattern while retaining fluidity and voice would seem a satisfying goal. However, these verse-forms might have a structure built on sand.