Clever Poems, Wise Poems


[Poem written after a poets workshop 2007. Aragon was a French surrealist poet of the 1920s/30s. ‘The Man from Snowy River’ is a famous Australian bush balled read in every school. Took the photo of a shop window in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, in the same year.]

Clever Poems, Wise Poems
‘It is now possible to use the word ‘infinity’ again in poems.’ (Poets Workshop 07)

Rule 1
grab with the first line
punch with the last

Rule 2
a word with three shades of meaning
is better than one with two
a word with two
better than one with one
a word with none
will get you published
(note the clever punch line)

Rule 3
it also helps if you have done
a few years of research
before writing that sonnet

if you couldn’t be bothered
either fake it
or write a poem
like this
one asking:

is it conceivable
that someone could perform say
even The Man From Snowy River
in such a way
that your hair would stand up
on the back of your neck
and the angels shout from heaven
as loudly as they did
from the infinities
of Aragon’s coffee grinder?

or that the mumbling fat man
in the red T shirt
on the blue seat
at Fairy Meadow station
on the day I left
the poets workshop
is still rocking
wiser poems to himself
than all the celestial choirs
of cherubim and seraphim
keening the icy winds
that ruffle the hairs
on the eyebrows of God?

we will never know


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on May 28, 2016.

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