Tuesday Poem: This is a poem, not a listicle

April 26, 2015

This is a poem, not a listicle.

1. It tastes like leather. Hold the stick tight.

2. If you listen you will soon note that it speaks bad French.

3. It has never been to France, except in fairly standard dreams.

4. It bought cheap steroids in Bali, but is yet to bulge.

5. It would like to contain the word ‘roseate’, but can’t.

6. It read itself out loud just last week and was well received.

7. It just watched the film The Brain from Planet Arous.

8. It keeps reciting ‘After I’m gone, your earth will be free to live out its miserable span of existence, as one of my satellites, and that’s how it’s going to be…’

9. It can’t translate that into French, even French of the worst sort.

10. This is a poem, not a listicle.

P.S. Cottier

Yes, this poet (and not just that poem) just watched The Brain from Planet Arous, in which a nasty alien brain inhabits the cranium of a scientist, and a nicer alien brain inhabits the head of the scientist’s girlfriend’s dog.

No alien brain here

No alien brain here

Only to be watched when drunk. There are seemingly endless scenes of people tiptoeing through caves, and the woman who owns the dog never stops serving the men food. The direct speech in the poem is made by the nasty brain, who does do a mad scientist chuckle quite frequently.

I am interested in how flat the language in a poem can be before it ceases to be a poem. Also, the word listicle caught my imagination. So like popsicle, but often so disappointingly flat AND chunky.

Other poets may be playing with form, if not risking brain damage by watching dreadful 50s science fiction films. Read the works of the other Tuesday Poets around the world by pressing here.

6 Responses to “Tuesday Poem: This is a poem, not a listicle”

  1. This really made me smile. Thanks!

  2. pscottier said

    I am Nature’s Popsicle, Sarah…

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Excellent! Though I’m not so sure about a certain dog’s lack of alien brainpower…

  4. Helen Lowe said

    The only proper response to the movie, I feel sure… So glad to have encountered the ‘not a listicle.” 🙂

    • pscottier said

      I recently wrote a poem containing the word ‘coracle’, too, Helen!

      I think that the noises of poems take over my brain, and it takes near obsessional writing to remove them.

      Perhaps I should direct a film about it: The Icicle, The Polpsicle, The Listicle and Me.

      Perhaps not.

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