One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Weekend Mini Challenge: Thought Animals

Welcome to the Weekend Mini Challenge with Kim from!

I very much enjoy the poems of Ted Hughes and one in particular has stuck firmly in my memory. It’s entitled ‘The Thought Fox’, from his first collection The Hawk in the Rain: a poem about writing a poem.

Because of copyright laws I am unable to reproduce it here, so I have added a link to The Poetry Archive, where you can read it at Poetry Archive, The Thought-Fox.

However, I have found this wonderful reading on YouTube: 

The poem is set late at night in a room, where the poet is sitting alone at his desk. Outside his window it is starless, silent and black, but the poet senses a presence, an idea stirring in the darkness of his imagination. At first he only feels it and has to coax it into consciousness, like a fox, whose body is invisible, but which feels its way forward through the undergrowth.

Today’s challenge is to choose an animal, any animal you like, and turn it into a poem about a poem, writing in quatrains and following as closely as you can the process of writing a poem.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Words Count With Mama Zen

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Think back over the past week.  What have you observed that was odd, unusual, or just plain weird? Tell me about it in 60 words or less.