Has clutched its beloved dead

Has clutched its beloved dead #Montreal #micropoetry #tanka #poetry #oaktree #spring #AGG #Tankawanka

oak tree with winter leaves

All winter the oak
Has clutched its beloved dead
Leaves—now warm spring winds
Peel them away—one-by-one—
Forsaken—then forgotten

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Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Partridge Sky”

Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Partridge Sky” #Montreal #poetry #ci #词 #LiQingzhao #李清照 #spring #AGG #Tankawanka

20140422 In the still bare

In the still bare, black branches,
A lone finch ceaselessly flits.
Another spring finds new room,
For the old sorrows to bloom.

Coffee cold, wordlessy,
I don my daily armour.
There’s no sense in delaying,
The front door sighs as it shuts.

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Depth Charge:The authorship of the original poem to which this is a response is disputed, often being attributed to Qin Guan. Regardless, I will…

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Response to Li Qingzhao’s “A Southern Song”

Response to Li Qingzhao’s “A Southern Song” #Montreal #poetry #ci #词 #LiQingzhao #李清照 #gay #homo #homoerotic #grindr #scruff #AGG

setting moon

Up above turns a silver river of stars,
Down below flickers a galaxy of screens—
on and off and on and on.

My pillow has grown cold
With sweat from a forgotten dream.

I rise to turn off the computer
Left running while I slept,
Look out the window, wonder
How goes your night?

Shadows stitch together
Ragged images
Of your blue-green eyes
(Are they open now?)
And golden patches of your chest hair
(Ha…

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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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A meteor in dark flight

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

Perseid_meteor_and_Milky_Way_in_2009

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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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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