Written for: dVerse Poets Pub
Meeting the Bar: endings/beginnings (posted by Peter Frankis)
"So tonight poets, I leave it up to you. Let’s write something on endings:
- it could be a poem that plays with endings – where your lines
don’t end properly but run off into the next line creating
ambiguity and doubt.
- it could be a golden shovel – find a poem (or indeed any other
text) that annoyed you or that you loved, that spoke about
change or resisted change, and use your golden shovel to
comment, critique or cheer (don’t forget to tell us the poem
that you’re quoting).
- it could be a villanelle, pantoum, ghazal or any other repeating
form which resists endings in favour of recurrence of emotion and
memory (or obsession).
- it could be a poem with the good old ‘repeating the word just in
case you missed it’ ending, or a surprise ending.
"Endings as quotations
Some of you may have read African-American poet Terrance Hayes’ A Golden Shovel – a poem where Hayes quotes Gwendolyn Brookes’ 24 word poem ‘We Real Cool’ by using each of her words as the last word of each of his 24 lines (twice!). (De hosted a session here at the pub back in 2016 on the Golden Shovel)".
I have chosen Golden Shovel from "Life Expectancy" by Billy Collins:
"On the morning of a birthday that ended in a zero"
What outfit or dress should I put on?
she asked. Really, what does one wear on the
occasion of divorce. I'm worried now, and it's only morning.
This evening her friends will gather-of
course they are happy for her–to party with a
few drinks, some Tapas, maybe cards. I think a birthday
party is far more fun, but that
is only my opinion. Why celebrate a married life that ended
after so many years. Well, I will not put my two cents in.
Perhaps she will meet a
new companion of whom she'll say, He's a few steps up from a zero.