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  • Boon Ang (5/18/2010 2:47:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

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    I address you, old grandfather,
    You who drove past me, a day hence.

    I gazed upon your crown of white,
    Your grizzled countenance, grim determination

    In the grip of your jaw, the tighter grip of your hands
    Upon the steering wheel, as you ploughed the road

    In that green gray Corolla, unwashed paintwork peeling,
    Number plate announcing its vintage, a fifteen year old

    Carrying a sixty year old-I'm guessing here, you could be older-
    Still full of fire both it seems, your attempts to pass me

    On the inside thwarted by circumstances beyond your control-
    And the minivan 'hogging' that lane.

    I was amazed, to say the least, to see such life in an old man.
    I guess you wouldn't be sitting in the park too often,

    Smelling roses is not your game, and certainly not
    The gentle sipping of Earl Gray by the Koi pond.

    Strolling will bore you, I can tell, seeing how you
    Swerved from left to right, and back again

    Looking for that spot, that gap which you
    deemed existed between my car and the curb,

    And that glare you gave me, when eventually you past,
    As I edged into the inner lane for you,

    Your eyes were full of youthful fire, and
    That signal you flashed me, the one no one

    Will misunderstand, anywhere in the world.
    I think it's called 'the middle finger'.

  • Boon Ang (5/14/2010 4:03:00 AM) Post reply

    I'd like to recommend a book for lovers and students of poetry.
    It's 'How to read a poem and fall in love with poetry' by Edward Hirsch.
    In it he explores the various ways poetry matters and how we should approach poems in order to gain the most from our readings.
    Using beautiful poems from both past and present as examples, he expounds the importance poetry plays, or should play, in our lives.
    It's a fascinating read, and one book I'd always come back to again and again.

  • Boon Ang (5/12/2010 8:57:00 PM) Post reply

    It is certainly not a crime
    If your poems do not rhyme
    As a matter of fact it's now thought
    It may be better if they not

    Unless they come without haste
    And fall naturally into place
    It is neater, there's no doubt
    Simply just to leave them out

    Iambic meter or otherwise
    Not rhyming is never a vice
    It may even be seen as awkward
    Unless employed in a formal sonnet

    Especially if you try to force them in
    Although that's not exactly a sin
    The present participle is just too much
    If used repeatedly as a crutch

    Vers Libre is the way to go
    As most current poets know
    Don't get caught up in the past
    Write yours modern, make them last

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