34th Virtual Poetry Circle

I’m back from my mini vacation.  I hope to have a bunch of reviews for you this week.  It was great visiting with my cousin and her girls.  I think we all had a great time, though now I wish we lived closer and could hang out more!

If you guys are interested in some of the photos I took while they were here, please feel free to check the right sidebar photo slideshow or you can click here.

It’s the 34th Virtual Poetry Circle, and it’s time to visit with a contemporary poet, but before we do that, I wanted to thank everyone who has participated in this project thus far.  Feel free to spread the word.

Additionally, you should start noticing some small changes here on the blog, including possible article suggestions at the end of my posts (Thanks Bloggiesta for calling this widget to my attention) and some share buttons, which I’m not overly thrilled with, but they’ll do for now.

I would also love to get a new three-column template that meshes better with my header, so if anyone would like to volunteer, please email me.

OK, Here’s a poem up for reactions, interaction, and–dare I say it–analysis:

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today’s contemporary poem is from John Wareham in his Sonnets for Sinners, though he really creatively took the words, sentences, and utterances of public figures and fashioned them into a sonnet.  Look for my review of this book next week.

Tiger Balm (using Tiger Woods’ words; Page 14)

You want a partner to witness your life;
a someone I never found, not even
at home — yet, suddenly, you’re touching sides
of me I never knew; why didn’t we find
each other years ago? It’s brutal that
you can’t always be with me.  I want you
next to me, on me — I need to gaze at
you.  Yet do I truly know who you are?
Will I just be fifth on your list? One more
person who just happens to be famous?
Well, my brain says yes, but my heart says no.
I hate feeling so weak, I’m tougher than this.
Get it together and get on the flight;
we can have make-up sex after we fight.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.

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  1. I think it is a great idea to take words from the public domain and making poems, but I wonder if this is more self-serving than simply creating a new poem to illustrate sin in sonnet form.

    What I like about this is the transition from hope of finding a partner out there to the dismal reality of Tiger's life that readers see by the end of the sonnet.

  2. Very interesting idea for a poem. I'm not big on sonnets, but this one was pretty funny.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  3. rhapsodyinbooks says

    First of all, I absolutely love the Bun-Bun Reunion!

    I'm with Jenners on how neat the poetry construction is by this guy. I would like to know more about how he combined the sources so I guess I have to get ahold of the book!

  4. I'm very intrigued in how the poet wrote this poem. What a neat idea! I'm amazed he was able to fashion together such a wonderful stand-alone poem that also works for discussing the Tiger Wood situation.