Definition

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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Every Day I Write the Book

Don’t tell me you don’t
know the difference
between a lover and a fighter
with my pen
and my electric typewriter
even in a perfect world
where everyone was equal
I’d still own the film rights
and be working on the sequel



Take a listen to this gorgeous version of Elvis Costello’s iconic song, his explanation of his relationship with the song, and its rescuing by Ron Sexsmith.

Dear Toads, your challenge today is to write about the experience of falling out of love with something you have written, even when others like it and want to hear or read it. If you have had the pleasure of someone else rescuing your work, you can write about that, too.

18 comments:

ccchampagne said...

Didn't mean to do this... *sigh* But sometimes procrastination can be a creative inspiration! Thanks for a inspiring prompt!

blueoran said...

I'd pretty well given up on Elvis Costello -- he warbles on though all youth is gone -- but your challenge has me giving him a second look, or maybe just a fond backwards look. Back at who I was in his lights, way back when ... and how, perhaps he lives on in the plush grave garden of the dream, which endlessly recycles our histories into mysteries. Much appreciated -- apologies for the shotgun poetry, fired off in such fast slapdash manner.

Marian said...

April is all about the shotgun and the slapdash!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I enjoyed the explanation of this song's history. Thanks, Marian.
Not sure I can deliver exactly what you want here, in terms of the challenge - I am giving it some thought.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Marian!!

Happy Wednesday and eighth day of poeming to everyone!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This particular piece is dedicated to a very dear friend of mine who rescued my work.
Hope you all like it.
Thanks Marian for the opportunity :)
xoxo

cosmos cami said...

Fun prompt. Really quick inspiration, for who doesn't regret something one has written?

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I'm not sure I did what you asked, but I wrote something anyways.

ps - Elvis Costello was, is and will always be The King.

Outlawyer said...

Hi Marian--mine when I get it up will be a little different from the prompt but prompted by the prompt--how's that!? Hope all well. k.

angieinspired said...

So, the lady who I did a reading for years ago always said she liked my lizard poem. I was over it. But re-working it today made me fall for the little guy all over again. Thanks for keeping up the great prompts!

Marian said...

Friends, I am totally nuts today at work but I WILL be around to read all of your offerings! It's a good thing I've been able to rise before the crack of dawn so far in April, because otherwise there's no way 30 poems (or anything else creative) would be happening. Anyway happy Wednesday and thanks for playing along.
Oh and PS to BMosk: Indeed he is and always will be! :)

Kerridwen said...

Feel like this could apply to everything I write.. heh.. ;)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ha. Elvis Costello is married to Diana Krall, a much loved singer in Canada. They are both revered for their talent and must be a dynamic duo together - and they live forty minutes away from me.

Susie Clevenger said...

A great challenge Marian. I approached it a little different since I often write about writing. :)

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Interesting prompt! I think my response is fairly pedestrian, but in a month of daily poems I suppose there is bound to be some unevenness.

grapeling said...

chapter 8 wasn't in the song, was it?

cool idea, Marian. Mine nearly fits. ~

Ella said...

I struggled with this one..might is kinda whacked~ I think if I had more time I might of done better-
My response isn't even pedestrian~
I might try this one again-to redeem myself~

Jim said...

As usual, Marian, I am running late again today. But I got in for Day 8!
This was a nice plan, I've had many feelings like that. But I decided I wanted to tell AGAIN about writing my love poem.
It really might be one!
..