What is Poetry?- Davy D./Go Dog Go Cafe

Davy D’s questions on the Go Dog Go Cafe always make me think and often inspire me to write. What do YOU think Poetry is?

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We got a good vibe going in the café last week with the question, Are you a Poet? ,and I was amazed and loved reading the poetic responses. This week I am going to try and keep the vibe going by taking things a step further back and asking, “What is Poetry?

I posed the question on my personal blog nearly a year ago and it is still the most read and commented on post. Despite all the responses I am still no further forward in being able to define what poetry is.

Standard dictionary definitions show poetry as;

1. The art or craft of writing verse.
2. Literature written in meter; verse.
3. Prose that resembles a poem in some respect, as in form or sound.
4. Poetic qualities, spirit or feeling in anything.

Does this take us any further forward? Maybe the suggestion around poetic qualities, spirit…

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Poetry

A response poem to Davy D’s question What Is Poetry? on the Go Dog Go Cafe


it is a stir

an ache

rising from my core

growing in urgency

pushing to my surface

gasping hungrily for air

sitting impatiently on my tongue

black pearl

ruby

tear shaped diamond

waiting

for hand to grasp pen

fingers to touch keys

truth to be unleashed

an explosion of my soul

made visible

in black ink

 

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

Can You Write the World’s Shortest Poem?-Davy D/Go Dog Go Cafe

Intriguing Poem Challenge from Davy D at the Go Dog Go Cafe .   Post your responses in the comments at the Go Dog Go Cafe and below.  Who knows?  If I really like them, I may post them on Brave and Reckless.

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We have had a couple of in depth poetry discussions over the last couple of weeks and a big thank you for taking part in the conversations. Today I thought I would bring a lighter air and a bit of fun to the Café and have a little poetry competition.

Earlier this week I had been doing some reading and came across what is claimed to be the world’s shortest poem. It is titled, Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes, or Fleas as it is more commonly known. The poem is a couplet written by Strickland Gillilan.

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Had e’m

Ogden Nash wrote a poem in a similar vein called Further Reflections on Parsley.

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Is Gharsley

In 1975 boxer Muhammed Ali was giving a speech at Harvard University and discussing poetry on stage with journalist George Plimpton. When asked for the shortest poem of all time, Plimpton recited “Fleas”…

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Spoken Word Spotlight: First Timer/Christine Ray

Today at the Go Dog Go Cafe

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Welcome to Spoken Word Spotlight.  Every Wednesday, Christine brings a writer’s words to life.  This week she reads one of her own pieces, inspired by the Go Dog Go Cafe. Sit back, take a sip of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy.

If you would like Christine to highlight a piece of your writing, please contact Go Dog Go through our Contact Form or email  us at godoggocafe@gmail.com.

I stand getting wet in cold rain

watching through plate glass windows

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Help! I need suggestions of Poetry or Prose to record for the Spoken Word Spotlight at the Go Dog Go Cafe

One of my favorite gigs is my weekly Spoken Word Spotlight for the Go Dog Go Cafe.  I have been recording a piece by a different writer every week.  If you have a piece you think would be suitable, please let me know in the comments below.  The atmosphere at the Go Dog Go is congenial and welcoming.

 

Image courtesy of the Women of the World Poetry Slam

Spoken Word Spotlight: An Hour with Jake/Davy D.

I really enjoy hanging out at the Go Dog Go Cafe and one of my favorite things to do there is a weekly Spoken Word Spotlight, where I highlight someone else’s writing. This introspective poem written by Barista Davy D. really packs an emotional punch.

 

 

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Welcome to Spoken Word Spotlight.  Every Wednesday, Christine will bring a writer’s words to life.  This week she brings us an introspective poem written by Barista Davy D. that really packs an emotional punch. Sit back, take a sip of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy.

If you would like Christine to highlight a piece of your writing, please contact Go Dog Go through our Contact Form or email  us at godoggocafe@gmail.com.



An Hour with Jake

the phone knows it’s Jake,

the ringtone changes to one

with a depressed air.

I think he used to be

in the military

as he always

manages to bypass

the answerphone,

and it rings,

and rings,

and rings,

and rings,

five minutes is the limit.

“hello,”

“hi, it’s Jake.”

“oh, hi Jake, how’s things?”

scripts roll.

his, a tale of how

his wife,

his dog,

his work colleague,

don’t understand him.

mine, a…

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Spoken Word Spotlight: upon realisation that perhaps i am completely sure- lois e. linkens –

I really enjoy hanging out at the Go Dog Go Cafe and one of my favorite things to do there is a weekly Spoken Word Spotlight, where I highlight someone else’s writing. This gorgeous poem was written by Lois E. Linkens and originally published by The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.

 

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Welcome to Spoken Word Spotlight.  Every Wednesday, Christine will bring a writer’s words to life.  This week she introduces us to a gorgeous poem written by Lois E. Linkens that was originally published by the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.  We strongly recommend that you visit Lois’ blog and read more of her excellent poetry. Sit back, take a sip of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy.

If you would like Christine to highlight a piece of your writing, please contact Go Dog Go through our Contact Form or email  us at godoggocafe@gmail.com.

upon realisation that perhaps i am completely sure/ lois e. linkens

you weave your woollen whims
to surround me
in the garbadine of our gandering

you trample the simplicity
of tea-cup games and teddy bears –
playground grazes know none than this

damp shirt and glasses;
i’d switch my eyes for yours
so you could see
beneath the…

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Spoken Word Spotlight: Soil of Your Seed/Gina Gallyot

I really enjoy hanging out at the Go Dog Go Cafe and one of my favorite things to do there is a weekly Spoken Word Spotlight, where I highlight someone else’s writing. This lovely, sensuous piece was written by Gina Gallyot of Singledust.

 

 

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Welcome to Spoken Word Spotlight.  Every Wednesday, Christine will bring a writer’s words to life.  She starts off this week with the lovely Soil of Your Seed by Go Dog Go Barista Gina Gallyot of Singledust.  If you would like Christine to highlight a piece of your writing, please contact Go Dog Go through our Contact Form or email  us at godoggocafe@gmail.com.  Sit back, take a sip of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy.

Soil of your seed-Gina/Singledust

In the sunlight
Beneath the trees
Tread gently
And touch me
I am the soil
Of your seed

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