2019-05-15

Despair is the Thing with Talons (poem)

An old parody of a wonderful Emily Dickinson poem.

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Despair is the Thing with Talons

(With apologies to Emily Dickinson)

Despair is the thing with talons
that weighs upon the chest,
and will not let a person rise
and will not let them rest

and heaviest in the dawn is felt,
and bright must be the morn
that could raise that leaden beast
that leaves so many worn.

It finds me in the widest bed
and in the love-crammed cot.
It takes no dainties from my hand,
it will not be bought.

-- Carl Bettis


Image info: Digital manipulation of "Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) foot," an illustration from The Royal Natural History by R. Lydekker, 1895. From Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GoldenEagleFootLyd4.png

2019-05-12

Getting to Know We: Basil Cartryte

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A little background on heteronym Basil Cartryte.

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2019-05-05

Alchemic Text, Ostario MS C-34 (poem)

The Compositor Worm

Took a bit of a break after NaPoWriMo. Probably won't be posting every day, and it won't always be poetry when I do. But for now, here's a new heteronym poem. Alchemic Text, Ostario MS C-34 Much can of mulch be maddened or made. A life stirs at the bottom of the compost pot, a grub spontaneously  […]

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2019-04-30

NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 30: Not a Persona Poem

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Not a Persona Poem Let me drop the masks and personae, the aliases, pseudonyms, heteronyms, the assumed voices and misdirections. Who is Carl when he's at home? I never go into that room. Trout have significance, rats have character, bees keep the world running, birds might be complicated machines  […]

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NaPoWriMo 2019, Day 29 (a day late): Judgment Day

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A heteronym poem for April 29th.

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2019-04-28

NaPoWriMo 2019, day 28: We'll See

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We'll See The snapdragons nod their magenta heads. The potted marigolds shine even as their cheap pots crumble. The horseradish is rioting in its corner of the yard next to the air conditioner. The lilac we planted in part because lilacs grew in my childhood, after two years of listless blossoms  […]

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2019-04-27

NaPoWriMo 2019, day 27: Journal of First Dates: Entry 190303

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A heteronym poem for April 27th.

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2019-04-26

NaPoWriMo 2019, day 26: Credo

Study of Drapery by Albrecht Durer

Heteronym Sturgis Giteau's statement of faith. ADULT CONTENT WARNING, even though the naughty words have been b*****ed out. (By me, not by Sturgis.)

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2019-04-25

NaPoWriMo 2019, day 25: Credo

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Almost all of my heteronyms have now expounded their deepest beliefs.

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