82nd Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 82nd Virtual Poetry Circle!

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.

t’s a new year, and if you haven’t heard there is a new feature on the blog this year . . . my first ever, poetry reading challenge.  Yup, that means everyone should be signing up because all you need to do is read 1 book of poetry.

Today’s poem comes from Valerie Fox’s The Rorschach Factory:

Adulation of a False God (page 39)

The alchemist never dreamed
he could succumb
to disease. He avoided

all his vices–avoided one
each year. He frowned
like Benjamin Franklin

on the 100 dollar bill.
This world–
so which is it?

A pick-up truck
or a person
carried in it.

Or does the world reside outside,
that is outdoors, in one of those
silver or gold ghost-

reflecting spheres adorning
a neighbor’s lawn,
a glaring eyeball of fire

on a chalk white concrete pillar:
the subdivision gardener’s

on Victorian superstition.
He yearns to backstroke
in a glass of beer,

scissor his legs, converse
with Madame Lena
She Knows What Is

The Trouble With You
who will undo his
hand while they stare

at the fragile,
interchangeable lives
of gaunt stars,

their color off
their eyes and noses uneven

like everyone else’s.

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.  It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. I really like the images of gaunt stars and backstroke in a glass of beer. I like the simple pleasures in this poem, but I’m also perplexed by these lines:

    “Madame Lena
    She Knows What Is

    The Trouble With You”

    Who is this Madame Lena?

  2. I like this one, it has some beautiful lines in it.
    ‘while they stare
    at the fragile,
    interchangeable lives
    of gaunt stars’
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  3. gerovital romania says:

    such beautiful lyrics…..

  4. Beth Hoffman says:

    What a fantastic line “…fragile, interchangeable lives of gaunt stars.”

  5. Love the image of doing the backstroke in a glass of beer!
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