Category: Poetry

Your Song

Another poem, first in a while…

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Your Song

 


November Song, Part III

Here’s the final section of my poem, “November Song”.
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November Song Part II (Tuesday Hopes and Wednesday Morns)

This poem has been in the cauldron for a bit, but I just finished it today, on the day after the U.S. election.

I thought it appropriate for the general vibe around these parts…

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November Song, Part I

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Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement (A Poem) - WD Clarke


All That Fall

The title for this poem is taken from a Samuel Beckett play, which refers to Psalm 145, Verse 14:

The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down

Click on the thumbnail below to view it properly, and if you like it, check out some of my other poetry!

 

All That Fall - a poem by W.D. Clarke


Just After The Lunar Eclipse

Here’s a poem from the past, published by the now-defunct journal Ash (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) twenty years ago this month, back in 1996.  Click on the thumbnail below to read!

 

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If you liked this poem, here’s another.


Sea-Glass Sonnet

Sea-Glass Sonnet - WD Clarke


Decomposition (poem)

Decomposition


Life North of 60 (poem)

This poem was featured in The Guardian’s poetry workshop back in 2007, and I thought I would include it here in case their page went dark.

Life North of 60 Poem

Here is the workshop leader’s (poet John Hartley Williams) comment:

Bleak yet cheerful. I especially enjoyed the opening two lines. It’s not at all certain whether mother is committing suicide or rashly checking on dinner and the fact that father’s ghost is “entombed in broadsheets” unleashes a satirical donkey-kick at domestic arrangements. The poem lost momentum a bit in the last stanza – a phrase like “penultimate stage of life” needs a steam-winch to heave it into position, and the mere swirl of alcohol seemed too easy a conclusion; I’d have preferred something more explosive.

Yet I still like what “penultimate stage of life” is doing in this poem: for me, the shuddering but momentary halt to the rhythm (before father downs the last gulp of the highball) that those seven syllables force upon the reader leave me wondering, even now, about what the spectral father would (or could) do next.

To see other poems in the same workshop (which, among other things, required you to “mess with” a proverb, click here.

The Guardian’s Poetry Workshop series ended its run in 2011. I still miss it.


A Poem for Marc Chagall

Here’s a poem inspired by (as the title says) an inadequate postcard reproduction of an amazing painting by Marc Chagall. It is a poem that couldn’t find a home in Canadian poetry journals, but I still think it deserves a reader or two.

Lines Written On The Back of a Shitty Postcard Reproduction of Chagall’s “Souvenir de ma Jeunesse” [Poem]: Click on the thumbnail below to read!
Lines Written on a shitty postcard

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A few other poems of mine can be found here and here.


A Retort to Yeats: Contra “Leda and the Swan”

“Leda and the Swan”, by WB Yeats, has inspired a poetic “retort” by a fictional character!

Pegeen Mike O’Flaherty, a character in my work-in-progress, The Death of the Author, is a famous Canadian novelist who was a feminist poet in the late 1960s, and who gives a lecture to an undergraduate class on the supposed failings of W.B. Yeats. Below you will find her poetic retort to “Leda and the Swan”, (“Leda Sings Nomans Pricksong”) published in her first collection –suitably (?) titled Penis Envy.

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Leda. JPGLeda and the Swan” is a masterful but disturbing sonnet about (among other things) the indifference of and masculine nature of history.  If you are new to the poem, or to Yeats, an excellent analysis can be found at aterriblebeautyisborn.com, along with discussions of a number of his poems. The epigraph to Pegeen Mike’s response poem comes from Eli Faure’s floridly written History of Art.

Finally here is another poem “by” Pegeen Mike, also dating from the late 1960s and dedicated to her alleged paramour, Leonard Cohen!


“Game Theory” —A Poem for Leonard Cohen

I’ve long had a love affair with Leonard Cohen. And while my passion has been life-long and metaphorical, Pegeen Mike O’Flaherty, a fictional character in my work-in-progress, The Death of the Author, claims to have had a much more short-term and physical relationship with the poet, for whom she wrote this poem way back when. Dedicated to Leonard, “Game Theory” is from her now out of print first collection, Penis Envy (Kassandra Press, 1968).

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Game Theory

Poems referenced in Pegeen Mike’s response can be found in Leonard Cohen’s Let Us Compare Mythologies (“Prayer for Messiah”) and The Spice Box of Earth (“As the Mist Leaves No Scar“), and can be previewed on Google Books.

Finally, another of Pegeen Mike’s poems — a retort to “Leda and the Swan” by WB Yeats– can be found here

 


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