Day 16: Art likes to make more of itself

Challenge 16: “Today, I challenge you to write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.”

Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.

Charles Bukowski

Don’t you like the sound of that? This can be everything! I loved something else from today’s prompt: one sentence that I made into the title of this post and my poem. Thank you!

The poem is a cento. If you don’t know what it means, try to see if there is anything familiar about certain lines. All will not be familiar to all but read carefully. You never know…

Art likes to make more of itself

1. There is no point to this poem.
2. I would like to walk around
in a small coat of words
3. through the meadows
where no grass has ever grown.
4. I keep forgetting what
a tired country this is.
5. Worms worm,
seeds sowing.
6. When you go back to your home town
you realize you no longer have one.
7. You complain to the photos,
but it doesn’t matter.
8. There is not a single spot in this world
that still deserves to be called peaceful.
9. It is the hour when from the boughs
Union beer’s high note is heard.
10. Everything is broken up and dances.
11. Even now, in the blues, there is a beauty
and options.
12. People have lived here for 6000 years.
At the beginning, women ruled.
13. I could feel waves of hatred and
I was confused.
14. I wait for the return
of conversation.
15. Don’t wait for the want.
Just do and be gentle.
16. Wear a mask
which exactly resembles your face.
17. I know too much
and not enough
18. to wear red lipstick but not a bra.
19. I’d give myself
one more day with you,
20. the known positions in which
familiar lovers arrange their limbs, to sleep.
21. We are glad that we are not trees
for in that case we could not be as close.
22. A perfectly obvious deception:
23. The coward does it with a kiss,
the brave man with a sword!
24. Willie waters the world,
25. cold water cascades over.
26. “Look, Mon Cheri, it’s your friend!”
27. Bummer, you have a black curl.
Bummer, it’s a girl.
28. The horse knew well why he got scared.
29. We leave when we die.
Until then there is work to do.
30. I’ve taken
to rearranging books on the shelf.
31. I have six really good poems.
I hope I will write more of them.
32. I wish to eat cake every day.
33. And hope felt strong,
and life itself not weak.
34. Wish you were here
moving mountains with me.
35. Thank you for stopping here
to see me at home in my home.

And now a big reveal: This poem is entirely made up of words by 35 other people! Some of them you have studied, others not unless you are Slovenian because they are local. Some are family (father, mother, uncle), some are friends and followers, and a special surprise: nine of them are you, NaPoWriMo participants, the ones who gel with my perception of what poetry is the most.

As I said, I’m keeping score and poems that I really liked in the first half were written by 136 different poets!

The nine with best scores are (alphabetically) Angela Smith, Angela van Son (ProcrastinationCoach), Charlotte Hamrick, Emily Ramser, Jane Dougherty, Mary Beth Frezon, MD Kerr, Ming Liu and Nataša Božić Grojić. Out of 15 poems by each of you I loved 11 or 12. The best thing about it is that I only know Charlotte, all the others are new to me.

After you come ten with ten loved poems apiece but I couldn’t include them as well or the poem would be too long. One half to go! End results could be different!

Here is a list of all 35 poets with links to their poems from which I borrowed the lines. They are in the same order as above in the poem. The links lead either to their blogs or mine if the poems are translations from Slovenian (usually done by me) or to an external page with the poem in full:

  1. Erica Jong
  2. Srečko Kosovel
  3. Kajetan Kovič
  4. Ming Liu
  5. Jane Dougherty
  6. Lidija Dimkovska
  7. Duke Miller
  8. Aleš Mustar
  9. Matic Kovič, uncle (he takes familiar poems and rewrites them on the subject of beer, for example he tackled Byron and his Parisina)
  10. James Douglas Morrison (aka Jim)
  11. Patrick Jennings
  12. Nataša Božić Grojić
  13. Charles Bukowski
  14. Mary Beth Frezon
  15. ProcrastinationCoach
  16. Angela Smith
  17. Allen Ginsberg
  18. Emily Ramser
  19. Charlotte Hamrick
  20. MD Kerr
  21. Branko Maksimovič, father
  22. Miha Avanzo
  23. Oscar Wilde
  24. Boris A. Novak
  25. Dane Zajc
  26. Maggie from What Rhymes with Stanza?
  27. Bojana Stojcic
  28. Vitomil Zupan
  29. Kara Coryell
  30. Romana Iorga
  31. Tomaž Šalamun
  32. Meta Maksimovič, mother
  33. Christina Georgina Rossetti
  34. Susanne Fletcher
  35. Claudia McGill

Thank you and I love you all because you rock!

Here are some topical photos and then sleeep. It’s almost 4 am. What I give up for poetry! 😉

For Day 16 of NaPoWriMo

NaPoWriMo

60 Comments

      1. Hi M.,
        Yes, I read my words . . .Thanks for the kindness, people reading are like the other end of the telephone, otherwise we’re just talking into a dead line. Of course, technology has changed all the old images. Too bad since computers have little romance. The occasional blind date used to be special, now the internet offers them up by the thousands. Virtual sex is the big one. Pressing human emotions inside a chip and electrical circuit. I wonder about that one . . . I talk to the image, but it doesn’t matter. Truly. Thanks. Duke

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      1. One of the things I loved first, is that I recognised lines I had read this month. Great to so lovely lines again in a new context! The second thing I like, is that you’ve taught me what a cento is (but now I’ll have to visit my blog and add a tag to some of my poems ;)). More later, I am going to enjoy your post all day…

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      2. I must thank Ken Gierke for inspiring me to write a cento. Here is his wonderful one from some days ago (and I didn’t know what it was before reading his): https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/it-feels-like-rain-cento/

        I’m so happy to see your enthusiasm. ❤ This is my life in poetry, basically. With the nine of you as most recent additions. I'm glad that you remember some verses. They are worthy.

        I wish you a great rest of April and beyond.

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  1. Lovely lovely lovely.

    I particularly love the hopelessness weaved in those first seven lines. Beautifully done.

    Thank you to for choosing to include a line from mine. Your comments this whole month have been greatly appreciated and have helped give me motivation to continue.

    Happy writing!

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    1. Thanks, SMSW. In fact, it’s colourable throughout, all illustrations are left in black and white on purpose. Ooooo I know!! You need this! TWO of them! 😉 We need to meet now… Or better when it’s in English, I suppose. 😀

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  2. I need more than a day to enjoy them all! I’m not complaining, I’m looking forward to it 🙂

    In the meanwhile I will also enjoy that I’m in a list with Bukowski, Ginsberg and Wilde. That’s a first 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Thank you for including me. And I am just floored by this poem. You have got to be one of the most creative writers I know. You synthesize so much emotion, thoughts, life here, and it is in your voice. Despite starting with others’ words! I just love it. Wow.

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      1. No, you have the right amount of time and you spend it in the best way possible: your photos and words bring me and lots of others a lot of interest, happiness, and laughs. I hope you’ll be spending your time on this for a long time to come

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  4. What a fun idea, my dear M. Some of these lines are arresting and I just kept reading and loving each gem. Then, near the end I saw a line that looked awfully familiar and realized it was from one of my scribbles. I think my heart grew ten times its normal size. Thank you for that.

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  5. I have a mask
    I don’t wear red lipstick
    I have known positions
    I have a sword
    I have books
    I have moved mountains but always put them back
    I don’t have slippers
    I would never do what Bukowski tells me

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