Monday 24 May 2010

Monday's Poetry Bus

This week's poetry bus, ably scheduled by TFE is driven by The Chocolate Chip Waffle.

Mine is based on the poem 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens, 1917, which is really cool. See it here with some lovely woodcut illustrations. I also read 13 Ways of Looking at a Tortilla by Aaron Abeyta 2001 which is really funny.

The whole 13 ways thing is a popular meme. See 13 Ways of Looking At Super Mario Brothers by Matthew Sewell, also a basketball by Cynthia Gallaher, a transvestite by Danielle Evennou and at Sarah Palin by NickM.

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The Poetry Bus said...

oh, divaesque, meliferous,and enigmatically meliflous.

O thin editors of Review,
why do you imagine polemics?

why indeed?

Peter Goulding said...

Have to say Kate, your work is always fascinating and so varied. This is like a mini-movie or a silent movie with subtitles, mystifying and demystifying the image of the Diva.
(Is 'a wellies' a typo, or am I not reading it right?)

* said...

Incredible take on the prompt and pic. Loved how you incorporated the 13 ways meme. Spot on!!

PS: I added your link to the list. Thanks for hopping aboard this week!

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks TFE.
Thanks Pete. Wellies is what Divas wear, flowered ones.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks for driving Terresa and for dropping by

Argent said...

"But I know too
that what the Diva tells
sparks what I know" - now you're talking!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for including my "13 Ways of Looking at a Basketball." I use it as an example, along with the Wallace Stevens classic, for my workshop students. They love creating their own "13 Ways" poems.

Emerging Writer said...

Hey Cynthia, lovely to meet you. Thanks for dropping by. Do have a look at the poems on the poetry bus. Did you enjoy mine?

Cynthia said...

Yes, Diva dear, I do adore your poem. Now enough about you. Also liked the tortilla poem and the woodcuts on the original.

Titus said...

I loved this, and genuinely laughed out loud!

Pin, balloons, pops and poems. "Divas: Brilliant!"

Karen said...

EW - the 13 ways is new to me, so I thank you for the introduction and for the interesting and varied views of the Poetry Diva.

@ctors Business said...

This resonated with me,bringing out the actor in me and so many memories cheeky, joyous and underpinning everything something lost, un-found and unfinished. But the stanza that is sticks out to me has to be

Poets filled the cold hall
with warm anticipation
The shadow of the Diva
crossed the stage
The words
glittered in the shadows
an unexpected firework.

Please come forward and take your well earned bow!

Rachel Fox said...

With you in spirit, I think. Can it be an international federation of divas?

Batteson.Ind said...

just had a marvellous trip sitting next to you for a couple of minutes on the bus :-)
and thos final lines about sitting on the art installation, lol! priceless!

Padhraig Nolan said...

Cool. Intriguing.

Enchanted Oak said...

Wonderful! Marvelous! You provided me with a refreshing, intriguing, multi-layered experience. I'm so glad I hopped on the bus to enjoy this. My take is up now; please pop in.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks everyone. I'm bowing on the bus.
Cynthia, there's never enough about a Diva.
Rachel, we're taking international Diva applications, you're top of the list.

Dominic Rivron said...

What a clever parody of Stevens! And with an "edge", I thought.

Dominic Rivron said...

The woodcuts were good, too. Thanks for the link.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks Dominic. I like an edge.
And aren't the woodcuts fab?