Tuesday Poem: A short wander through the head of a poet

August 15, 2016

A short wander through the head of a poet

‘I am finding a lot of this poeting business is learning how to hack your own thinking.’ (SB Wright)

Axing myself near every day
with nouns like blades
or is that the verbs,
sneaking and executing
behind my weary back?
Adverbs are the worst,
obviously, and I try
to expel them from thought.
Does a bear? Does a bear?
It doesn’t work, naturally.
My head is a jungle
of the old Tarzan sort,
and even a cunning machete
won’t clear a way,
despite avid hacking,
and the sticky tape I use
to reattach feckless fingers.

I will staple a handy volume
to my brow, perhaps
one that tells how
to write truth slant,
like Dickinson E,
and to be picaresque,
and appropriately Byronic.
A coupling that, of itself,
will cause sparks to leap
as if one were to jump start
an elderly ute gone bad.
Now, where are my cables?
Is this an Allen key
I see before me?
Statbadgers of the world unite!
Pick up your tongues like sticks,
and lick the befuddlement of brains
from cracked and gnarly windows.

P.S. Cottier

howling

SB Wright is a poet who, this year, is detailing the process of writing and learning more about poetry at his blog.   It is well worth a look.  He is far more honest about the struggle involved in writing than many of us, particularly when it comes to how he manages a ‘real job’ (my words) while trying to write. He posts actual numbers, written by helpful Statbadgers for those who like that type of thing.

Occasionally he also posts one of the results of these struggles, aka a poem, and he frequently directs you to poems by others, or books and talks about poetics. (Poetics is like choreography, but involves people who are a lot more clumsy.)

SB Wright is not plagued by adverbs in his poetry, incidentally.  That was poetic licence.

6 Responses to “Tuesday Poem: A short wander through the head of a poet”

  1. Frank Prem said

    The best of your work I’ve read to date. Very nice indeed. Well done.

    Frank

  2. pscottier said

    Thank you, Frank. SB Wright’s blog is worth checking out.

  3. I am blushing at your kind words. I have wrapped this poem in plastic (ie laminated it ) and its in my pool room 😀

    • pscottier said

      Thank you Sean! I trust it is next to your copy of Merv Hughes’s 104 Cricket Legends and a collection of stubbie holders?

      I was beginning to get worried that you hadn’t responded, then I remembered wage slavery.

  4. pscottier said

    Tell him he’s dreaming

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