Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Feature: John Burroughs Day 3
Doesn't matter if you laminate me
Punch a hole in the end of me
Create a neck on me
You can tie a pretty rope around
I don't care if you stick me
In Salinger or Dr. Seuss
Leave me in some tedious tome
You intend to finish at some point
But never do
Or pick your teeth with me
Drop me thoughtlessly on the floor
For your puppy to chew
I'm the son
Of tall trees who
Though often abused and misused
Have gladly given their hearts and bark
For the sake of warm homes and art
I'm much more
Than a bookmark
© John "Jesus Crisis" Burroughs (1st published as part of Le Pink-Elephant Press' 2nd annual bookmark series)
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Do you write "love" poetry? and if so, why don't we see more of it?
I'm inclined to argue that every poem I write is a love poem. It just depends upon the broadness of your definition. I've thought that for a while, actually -- but at the last Lix and Kix poetry event I was interested to hear David Smith (author of the Genocide Sutra) mention that he'd begun to consider a similar viewpoint after a conversation with John Dorsey. The three of us are in ways remarkably different poets, none of whom others would be inclined to label "love poets" -- and yet there we were, sharing this odd consensus about every poem we write.
Is there a particular form of poetry you particularly are drawn to? Such as Haiku or sonnets, etc..?
I'm drawn to freedom in writing. I have nothing against the traditional forms, and I have great respect for poets who can handle them deftly. But my inspiration (for lack of a better word) doesn't always come in 14 lines or a certain number of measured feet. I suppose I could take my free verse and craft it into those forms more often than I do, if I didn't lack the time and inclination. As far as I'm concerned, crab legs are as good to eat lying on the plate naturally as they are if you tie them into pretty bows or funny shapes before you serve them (and it might require overcooking to get them into those shapes anyway). So why bother? That said, I do write a lot of I Ku -- 3 line, 17 syllable poems about me - largely because they take less time to "perfect" than most other forms.