Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Word List Wednesday #6

Today I chose my words from Brenda Hillman's poem Girl Sleuth.

Brenda Hillman ranks high on my list of favorite female poets.  Yet, I chose to work with words from this poem because I really just enjoy the poem.  I feel a piece of my childhood inside her playful, questioning words of Nancy Drew.  Her reference to 1962 because I am enamored with vintage literature.

Here are the words:

summon
syllable
click-click
drip
Wednesday
thrash
suggestions
thorn
ignores
secrets
lockets
raincoat





I actually wrote another Haibun.  I am really enjoying playing with this poetic form.



Coffee-Table Wednesday
a Haibun

She’s a 6am fray of fleece slippers, unraveling.  She wears coffee-stains on the left shoulder of her shirt like a metaphorical holster.  Coffee-black and pen poised, words have been haunting her all night.  Syllable by rank, impulsive syllable and thrashed from slumber, they summon her to the click-click of her pen-drip no matter a Wednesday or Sunday. 

She takes the suggestion of every finger-winding soliloquy to heart, ignoring the thorn-twist of  each melodramatic ending; ignores the too-stiff enunciations, fumbles with secrets like clumsy thumbs across a closed heart-locket.  Impractical as a raincoat on a cloudless day, she’s always careful to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.


She’s the smoky bar
To Kerouacs’ lost car keys;
A stiff shot half-drank.

5 comments:

  1. she’s always careful to dot
    the i’s and cross the t’s

    A rare breed of people who are careful to a t but may be reckless in some others they are not happy with. Met them before. Wonderful thoughts Stacy!

    Hank

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  2. Impractical as a raincoat on a cloudless day, what a great description.. Some people have such sensitive skin, but still get burned. But what a wonderful voice,

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  3. The contradictions are what make her very interesting and creative artist ~

    Your haibun is poetic, and really weaves together the words ~ Love your share Stacy ~

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  4. Ah.. the caution
    of a raincoat
    on a Sunny
    day.. oh
    the thrill
    of free
    sTiLL
    SinGS
    to me..:)

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