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173rd Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 173rd 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.

Also, sign up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today, we have a poem from John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris’ The New Arcana. The collection “is a multigenre extravaganza featuring verse, fiction, mock journalism and academic writing, drama, and art. Both referencing and transcending various literary precedents, the book is a pronouncement for the 21st Century, an exploration of and commentary on the fast-paced and mercurial nature of life in the 2000s”:

From Section Four: I (page 85)

I have built a panic room in order to insulate myself
    from all random reminders
       of the inevitable indignities to come.
    I play hopscotch;
I count marbles in the darkness.
    Give me chalk and geometric proofs,
    barely legible crossword puzzles,
    medical reports printed in red:  I'll prove my loyalty,
my commitment to the American dream,
by skipping through perturbations with dismissive
    hilarity -- the very locus of a psychic compost
       filled with rotting onions.

What do you think?