Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Stench of Poetry


O                                                   

Inhale the small
Words. Fragrances
Sweet and Spicy like
Thai food. A putrid rank
From another. My senses
Titillated. Sucking in meta-
Phors, nostrils flare like a
Singer in the climb of a
Song. The Bard breaks
Free of the pages.


                                        Love

                                               Is

                                           Not

                                                Love

                                        W
                                          h
                                            i
                                          c
                                        h
                                           alters when it alteration finds,   
                               Or  bends with the remover to remove:
                               O no! it is an ever-fixed mark   
                               That  looks on tempests
                                                            

                                                            
                                                                            and is never shaken;

3 comments:

  1. While your poetry was beautiful, because you do all written things beautifully, I'm really not a fan of the poetry. I make my student teacher teach it every year. Pretty much unless Shel Silverstein wrote it, I don't get it. And since I don't get it and it's not fun to read things you don't get, I don't like it. An embarrassing thing for an English teacher to admit, but I'm officially coming out of the closet. I don't like poetry. Rena, I hope we don't have to break up now and that we can still be friends after this shameful disclosure. I'll understand if you are so disgusted with me that you have to give me a text break up instead of a face-to-face one. I don't deserve any better....

    Hey, I may not like poetry, but with that dramatic business above, I may have a career as a writer for soap operas. All you need to add to it are some way over the top gestures and "woe is me" facial features and it is gold!

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  2. You are not the only English teacher who doesn't love poetry. At CUWP a handful of us (note the pronoun usage) discussed our boredom with poetry. We aren't BFF's with poetry.

    I guess that means we don't have to break up! Phew.

    I prefer telenovellas to soap operas. My favorite one in college was "abrazame muy fuerte!" It was AWESOME! No one does dramatic, over-acting expressions like Spanish actors of telenovellas.

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