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"Segue" v2 (active) [20 Feb 2007|07:39pm]

[ mood | chill ]

     for Katia

My favorite word is segue, how it
surrounds the now like a soft russet blanket
weaved from strands of everything
that has been, and has yet to be.
It’s the background scenery that defines a day;
kids playing hide and seek at the strip mall
while you wait for some mediocre
spinach stromboli, dead leaves
sprawled across an empty driveway.
It’s all the words that mean more
when blended into one amorphous sound.

It’s the silly penguin-shaped bookmark
that came free with your library card,
and the countless stories it kisses into memory
while you rest for the next experience.
Segue is the silken step you take
whenever your path makes apparent
its passing simply by existing.
It’s perpetual maybe without finale,
the beginning / end / beginning / end / middle,
and all of those fractions in between.

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[21 Jun 2006|11:37pm]

All right, all ye Lost Gen-ers, let's dust off our poetry critiquing skills and put them to use again. I've been playing around with this poem for a few days now and I finally finished a draft tonight, but I feel very dissatisfied with it. I think I'm mixing my metaphors or taking on too much in a 32-line poem, or simply not getting my metaphors across at all. (Too murky?) Basically, HELP!


To-Do List

On the bus ride home
the elderly man in the seat beside me
is making lists. As we roar through downtown
past squat buildings and dying businesses,

his attention is concentrated
on moving a ballpoint pen
across the creased landscape
of his notebook, on leaving an ink trail

to follow later. Carrots. Chicken breast. Cream
of Vegetable.
It is a battle
between his mind
and his mind, and speed is of the essence:

continued beneath the cutCollapse )
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(not) - for helen [12 Apr 2006|05:54pm]

Hello LGers,

How are you all?

I know, it's been a very, very long time for me: but hopefully, this is the end of the drought.  Feedback is always, always welcome.

Especially for out of practice poets such as myself.

Love, A.

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poems submitted to an inferior school creative arts magazine [14 Nov 2005|02:50pm]

i'm arrogant enough so that i might do something drastic when i don't win the $200 first/ $100 second prize.

READ ON...Collapse )
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whoa! it's this place! [12 Oct 2005|06:37pm]

it's a poemCollapse )
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Things that come @ 430 in the morning, when you're lying in bed w/ your gentleman friend ... [12 Oct 2005|12:03pm]

and that you have to repeat over and over so that you remember them on the ride to school in the morning...

it came,
at first,
like a fire
flicking shadows and sparks
that melted desire-frost.

the thaw brought tools
ready to abuse or to stone.
alone, of he who held the rock,
they made a prophet.

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[12 Oct 2005|01:46am]

anyone know any good refs for expressionist poems/poets (preferably something IN ADDITION TO germans)?
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although it's a slow-wind ghost-town here... [27 Sep 2005|04:42am]

i hate 'work-shopping'. (.') nonetheless, i've decided to drop back into college and am revving myself up at the junior version, retaking the creative writing class i was supposed to have aced when i was twenty. opinions, please:

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[31 Aug 2005|09:30am]
All thirty-one poems that I wrote in August can be found in one post here (including the challenge ones). ♥.
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[30 Aug 2005|10:18am]
So I was really desperate to find something to write about this morning, because I'm really trying to finish out August with thiry-one poems. And then I realized that I hadn't done picture challenge six yet! Excellent. My picture's kind of lame, though, just my backyard, but my entire town's pretty dull, so. :| I wanted to write about the fantastic, broken down barns on the backroads around here, but I didn't have any means of taking a picture! Life.

english summers.Collapse )
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[trembles] [24 Aug 2005|12:34pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

hullo, all :D

have been accepted [how? o_o] this morning.

am thrilled to my very toes! ♥

I'm certainly nervous, since you're all dreadfully brilliant, so please be kind to me ;D I'm still very new at poetry, and I'm counting on all of you for honest concrit.


not a challenge poem, but I thought it'd be weird not to post without something to offer.

because buttons exist to be pressed.Collapse )

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[03 Aug 2005|10:30am]
Poetry challenge five. Winter in Europe.Collapse )
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[27 Jul 2005|09:02am]

Friendly reminder: the themes from now on are going to be posted over at lg_projects, so please join that community! (And for all you lurkers out there, feel free to join that community also. It's not members-only, as themes and fun -as well as suggestions for them- are for everyone. ^_^)
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blast from the lg past [21 Jul 2005|01:39pm]

I was just going through lg_projects and rereading all the auction stuff we did and the crazy slashes. Remember when we wanted a collaboration summer slash project? Le sigh. :( Those were the days...

If there are any new members who didn't know about the community, perhaps you should join. Or better yet, do you think we could come up with a new project? Some crazy projects? Anything? (*desperately pokes at the community*)

I think I'm going to start putting the challenges there, so please! JOIN lg_projects!
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picture challenge 5 [20 Jul 2005|09:16am]

Use both or either. :) As usual, the photos are from gettyimages.

Right now, the tally is at:
sistrgoldenhair = 4
windsor = 2
yieldsigns = 0.5 (haha I don't think I can count an impromptu as a full one)

And everyone else...zilch. ^_~

Remember that you can go back and do any of the old challenges, or write more than one poem for each picture!
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picture challenge 4 [13 Jul 2005|11:32am]

This photo is probably my favorite of the challenge ones so far, and it was taken by the endlessly talented Yelena (undertheacrylic). I'm really happy to see all this activity from you guys. :) I hope you write beautiful poems for this picture!

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[12 Jul 2005|11:35am]

Thanks for participating/posting poems! In terms of the challenges, this is the scorecard so far:

sistrgoldenhair = 2 poems
windsor = 2 poems.

Since I extended this challenge by not posting a new picture on Monday, you'll get a new challenge on Wednesday from now on. :)

My third challenge poemCollapse )
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non-challenge [11 Jul 2005|02:26pm]

I'm so sorry this is not a challenge poem! Especially since the topic is so interesting, but. I feel so rusty in poetry. ._. Forgive me espeically for the last two lines.

slow down (the breakdown)Collapse )
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picture challenge 3 [05 Jul 2005|08:28am]

I've been obsessed with urban decay recently, so these two pictures (gettyimages) are the third challenge.

(Come on now. Please, please try to either do the challenges or post.)
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challenge 2 [27 Jun 2005|07:22pm]

Wow, me participating...I know...

Jerusalem in Four Vignettes, which is clearly inferior to the poems that Lindsay posted. But it's ok.Collapse )
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