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Saturday, April 12, 2014

National Poetry Month, Day 12: A litany

Short shrift tonight.

I love the modernist poetry of William Carlos Williams. I also love his name, don't you wish he was alive today and we could call him W2? Anyway, a deceptively short and seemingly simple poem for today, 'The Red Wheelbarrow'; I love best the mystery of it:

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

Over at the Writer's Digest Poem a Day challenge:
 ... write a city poem. The poem can take place in a city, can remember the city (in a general sense), be an ode to a specific city, or well, you should know the drill by now. City poem: Write it!
Not a lot of desk time today -- I started a poem in London, but the distance proved too great; we ended up in New York City, and that was a trip more manageable:

New York. New York.
a litany

City on crack
pinball city
city of blinding lights
camera action
city insomniac
city insouciant
city of mean streets
hot times
cool beautiful people
city of high rises
urban canyons
central parks
sexy city, sprawling city
new amsterdam 
new year city
giant city, yankee city
island city
city of dreams
anything but
ordinary city
city of stories,
crime in the city,
power city, bull and bear city
city of millions
city of immigrants
boroughs avenues
subway city subterranean city --

City of Ground Zero
who prays for you, city?


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