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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Tuesday Platform

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden...

Greetings strangers, friends, poets and bloggers! Are you one of the 1,2 million people to have seen this short film by Kirsten Lepore? (I hope she doesn't mind my sharing it here today.) I happened across it this weekend, and was amused to read some of the responses to it - most seem to agree that one should be creeped out by this friendly little dude (alien?). I love how it tells a tiny story, and leaves so much open to interpretation... kind of poetic.

Please link up a poem of your choice today, even if you have just a minute to spare in your busy day. I am always happy to see a friendly gathering of writers on a Tuesday.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Weekend Mini Challenge: Thought Animals

Welcome to the Weekend Mini Challenge with Kim from!

I very much enjoy the poems of Ted Hughes and one in particular has stuck firmly in my memory. It’s entitled ‘The Thought Fox’, from his first collection The Hawk in the Rain: a poem about writing a poem.

Because of copyright laws I am unable to reproduce it here, so I have added a link to The Poetry Archive, where you can read it at Poetry Archive, The Thought-Fox.

However, I have found this wonderful reading on YouTube: 

The poem is set late at night in a room, where the poet is sitting alone at his desk. Outside his window it is starless, silent and black, but the poet senses a presence, an idea stirring in the darkness of his imagination. At first he only feels it and has to coax it into consciousness, like a fox, whose body is invisible, but which feels its way forward through the undergrowth.

Today’s challenge is to choose an animal, any animal you like, and turn it into a poem about a poem, writing in quatrains and following as closely as you can the process of writing a poem.