Written for: dVerse Poets Pub - "Edges and Fringes"
(posted by msjadeli)
" . . . I finally decided on a two-pronged discussion on edges and fringes with prompts coming out of it. Carol’s poem, “Knife-edge,” stuck with me. I started thinking what would it look like to be edgy with poetry. Doing a google search on it, I came up with many sites devoted to Sylvia Plath’s poem, Edge, which I haven’t yet read but it led me to a short essay by Claire Millikin about Plath’s techniques in it and her other poems that makes them work so well."
Claire Millikin believes:
Any poem cannot be read all the way through, that is completely understood, until the circumstance of its writing, including the life of the poet from which it emerged, are set, done… The edge is where the poem shows everything that is left out of the poem.
As a reader, how do we proceed then? Will we have to fill in the blanks and hope we guess right? If we are the poet, how can we make ourselves understood as best we can while being un-”done”?
Finally Millikin asks:
What is the word, the line, that cuts, that can show that edge?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spark on one of these paths:
Write a poem using the word edge;
Write a poem that keeps Millikin’s question above in mind.
Write a poem using the word fringe;
Write a poem from the fringe, however you define it.
Whatever you choose, please indicate your choice # somewhere on your post.
As a bonus challenge, please tell why you chose the one you did.
He was a far away
fringe on the out
-skirts of a pool,
a school playground,
or a game. Shame he
could not break through
the unseen filament
that held him back
with others. They
thought him aloof. They
could not see the fringe.
My choice was to write from the fringe.
I was thinking of all the bullying
that goes on, and how one feels
when they are the new kid.
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