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Found Poetry Friday: bullets are used to introduce

Finally got around to the prompt from weeks ago at the always-interesting Found Poetry Review, to use the pages of the CIA's Style Manual as a source for a found poem.

I used to be a writing teacher and have read a lot of style manuals. It is depressing how horrifically boring they are. If a style manual is a good indicator of . . .

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July 31, 2014

my dreams start to wander

The CDHK prompt is one of Basho's jisei or deathbed poems.

ill on a journey
my dreams start to wander
across dessicated fields

Here's my attempt in the same spirit and style.

late summer evening
sunlight in the pond ripples
is fading, fading

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July 30, 2014

Translation from Anne Perrier's "all earthly things..."

Beautiful poems at Beauty Will Save the World lately, as usual. I loved this one by Anne Perrier. I had never heard of Perrier before. I am going to offer my translation first and then the original.

All earthly things
One must love them in passing
And gingerly carry them
And with a low voice sing to them
Holding on . . .

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July 26, 2014

glimpse of dawn before death

Well today at CDHK it is a really stunning haiku by Buson, his deathbed haiku or jisei.

   the night almost past
   through the white plum blossoms
   a glimpse of dawn

Quite a prompt.

   just after the storm
   sunbeam on the wet asphalt
   . . .

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July 26, 2014

despite the weight

Today at CDHK it's this Chiyo-Ni haiku for our prompt:

floating away, despite
the butterfly’s weight on it

For some reason it made me think of a lightning bug we saw in the grass yesterday at dusk. My older son says that the females lie in the grass and signal the males, who fly around flashing their . . .

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July 25, 2014

Found Poetry Friday: The sacred history of the HMS Beagle

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I have enjoyed lately reading some of the discussions about what the heck is up with poetry these days. I like thinking about what counts as poetry, and not, and why--about appropriation and erasure poems, e.g.

The whole discussion reminds me of a lit class I took in college, reading Russian lit in the original, when one . . .

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July 24, 2014

the cuckoo's cry

Kristjaan's prompt for this national day of mourning in the Netherlands for the victims of the shooting of flight MH-17 is the cuckoo's cry, a haiku by Shiki:

in the coolness
of the empty sixth-month sky...
the cuckoo's cry

Somehow because of the timing, the crime of murdering the passengers and pilots of . . .

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July 23, 2014