Response to “What of the Night?” from The Book of Odes

Response to “What of the Night?” from The Book of Odes #Micropoetry #poetry #tanka #cosmology @COSMOSonTV @neiltyson #AGG #Tankawanka

What about the night

What about the night?
You know—the unknowable
That encompasses
This fourteen billion year old
Droplet of expanding light

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Depth Charge: The Book of Odes, also called The Classic of Poetry, the oldest book of Chinese poetry, is a collection of 305 folksongs that dates back to the Zhou Dynasty, 11th to 7th Century BC. In episode six of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, Neil de Grasse Tyson,…

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Mid-April snowfall

Mid-April snowfall #Montreal #micropoetry #poetry #tanka #winter #spring #homeless #AGG #Tankawanka

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Mid-April snowfall
A little slap and tickle
From Old Man Winter
The well-heeled bitch and bitch and
The ragged homeless shiver

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To read Songs about Sex, Death & Cicadas by Andrew Grimes Griffin, just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

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A meteor in dark flight

A meteor in dark flight #Montreal #poetry #cosmology #meteor #meteorite #darkflight #AGG #Tankawanka @COSMOSonTV

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Once you shone so brightly—now—
A meteor in dark flight,
Invisible and falling;
We stand silently—breath held—
To see if you hit the ground.

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“We are going to be looking at these poems primarily as literary documents and so we need not pursue further the connection between these poems and objects on the ground,” Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature, Part I, by Professor David J.…

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I don’t give a fuck about you, lilac

I don’t give a fuck about you, lilac #Montreal #Ireland #poetry #IrishPoetry #AGG #Tankawanka #writingprocess

Lilacs in the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Photo by Eileen Lavery.

I don’t give a fuck about you, lilac;
I care only for how you make me feel.
If I describe your delicate petals,
Purple, intoxicating bursts of scent,
Surrounded by clusters of heart-shaped leaves,
Returning eternal every spring,
It is really all about my sadness,
So don’t go getting all high on yourself.

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“It is often noted that the Irish poet was not so much concerned with the actual…

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Yet another response to Li Qingzhao’s “As in a Dream: A Song”

Yet another response to Li Qingzhao’s “As in a Dream: A Song” #Montreal #gay #homo #grindr #scruff #词 #LiQingzhao

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[3]
Who are all these men in front of me?
Flickering shades across my cellphone screen.
When it is time for bed I turn off my phone,
All of them hide from view.
Nowhere to be seen.
Nowhere to be seen.
It’s almost as if I was always all alone.

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Depth Charge: /Cipoems were originally written as song lyrics and the convention is to name them after the tune of the song they were written…

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Another response to Li Qingzhao’s “As in a Dream: A Song”

Another response to Li Qingzhao’s “As in a Dream: A Song” #PEI #poetry #LiQingzhao #VictoriaPark #如梦令 #李清照

Charlottetown Harbour July 2014

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I often recall nights after the bar,
Too drunk to go directly home,
We’d wind up swimming nude in the harbour.

All these year later, now sober,
We wander into the thick woods
Dark by the warm water at night.
Thrashing and rustling,
Thrashing and rustling,
We disturb the roosting crows
Who croak their disapproval.

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如夢令。李清照。

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如夢令。李清照。常記溪亭日暮,沉醉不知歸路。興盡晚回舟,誤入藕花深處。爭渡,爭渡,驚起一灘鷗鷺。

Rú…

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Crystallized—we hold

Moon Haiku for June’s Birthday #Montreal #micropoetry #俳句 #haiku #poetry #AGG #tankawanka #辞世 #jisei

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Crystallized—we hold
Our shape—these April snowflakes
Just as quickly melt

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To read Songs about Sex, Death & Cicadas by Andrew Grimes Griffin, just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

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A love for small rooms

A love for small rooms #micropoetry #tanka #poetry #gay #china @mumblingjack @liveswithbooks

Nanjing_Skyline_2010

A love for small rooms
Warm—intimate—curtains drawn
Brave but not epic
Chance meeting ten years ago
Caresses that changed our lives

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(for MKL on the 10th anniversary of our first meeting)

Depth Charge: For some more poems about MKL, click here.

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Quebec’s Red Wedding

It rained hard all night/Washed all the blue away/Quebec’s Red Wedding @CBCMontreal @CBC #Quebec #PaulineMarois

Quebec's red wedding

It rained hard last night
Washing away all the blue
Quebec’s Red Wedding

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Depth charge:Last night Quebec redeemed itself by rejecting the cynical wedge politics of the Parti Quebecois. This is my haiku fuck you to Pauline Marois and her Charter of Xenophobic Values, and this coming from an atheist. As a colleague said, once a political party starts messing aroung in the Charter of…

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Reposnse to Li Qingzhao’s “As in a Dream: A Song “

Reposnse to Li Qingzhao’s “As in a Dream: A Song “ #Montreal #Poetry #如梦令 #李清照 #AGG #Tankawanka #词 #ci

Response to Li Qingzhao

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Last night
Drifting rain showers,
Sudden winds,
Even these could not dispel
This winter’s hangover.

I ask as you roll up the blinds—
But you say
The ice and snow are unchanged.

Don’t you know?
Don’t you know?
The green leaves should be fattening,
The slender flowers blooming.

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如夢令。李清照。

昨夜雨疏風驟,濃睡不消殘酒。試問卷簾人,卻道海棠依舊。知否?知否?應是綠肥紅瘦。

Tune: “As in a Dream: A Song,” Two Lyrics
by Li Qingzhao

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