A Realist Poem

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #89:  Keeping It Real 
(posted by Rosemary)

Wikipedia tells us that Realism in art (including literature) is ‘the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality.’ It tends to focus on ‘the depiction of ordinary, everyday subjects’ and ‘attempts to represent familiar things as they are’.

"Below is a selection of Manu Kant’s poetry:

on my morning walk
inside an abandoned house
trees laden with unripe mangoes

As a  Realist, he focuses on observable details and adds no other commentary. 

Today I invite you to write something – anything – from a realist perspective." 

dog curled on rug
ears lay flat
whiskers long and white
one leg splayed out


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to A Realist Poem

  1. Cute dog! 😀 I haven’t heard of realist poetry before. Thanks for opening my eyes. I might think about trying one myself.


  2. Misky says:

    I like this a lot, Sarah.


  3. Bravo! You are one of the few who perfectly understood the prompt, and your depiction of the dog is excellent.


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