This Tuesday’s poem is Why Do We Do What We Do by James Brown.
Sarah Jane Barnett who is this week’s editor paired the Tuesday Poets in a poetic version of ”Secret Santa” to post a poem or other offering by their ‘partner’ poet.
The results are linked in the sidebar and include:
How She Holds Her Head by Mary McCallum
Grapefruit by Clare Beynon
Cake With Fruit by Therese Clear
Christmas Baubles from Northland by Elizabeth Welsh
The Middle Ground by Belinda Hollyer
Elizabeth and Mary by Kathleen Jones
Kitchen Sonnets by Catherine Fitchett
Albedo by Harvey Malloy
Unnoticed by Harvey McQueen
countadowncountdownAuckland Countdown by Renee Liang
Xmas by Susan Landry
Christ in Aotearoa by Andrew Bell
Nerves by Sarah Jane Barnett
Burning With Joan of Arc by Helen Rickerby
Christmastide by Helen Lowe
Barksoup Winter by Jennifer Compton
Tuesday’s poem goes rural this week with Cow Poem by Chris Mansell.
Other Tuesday poems with links in the sidebar include:
Under the Influence by Mary McCallum.
A Manner of Speaking by Clare Beynon.
Rudyard Kipling’s Smuggler’s Song at An Affliction of Poetry took me back to primary school:
If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet,
Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
Them that ask no questions isn’t told a lie.
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by.
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by! . .
Then there’s two which are both sad and powerful:
Vesper Sparrow’s How I died and Harvey McQueen’s Life Sentence.
The Hand That Signed the Paper by Dylan Thomas was this Tuesday’s poem.
Among the 0ther Tuesday poets linked in the side bar which caught my eye were:
Ruby the Dark Haired Girl (1887-1997) at Bigger Than Ben Hur.
How to Pour Madness into a Teacup by Abegail Morely at A Writer’s Life.
Influenza at Vesper Sparrow’s Nest.
And Masking Tape’s a Must by Clare Beynon.
This Tuesday’s Poem is the delicious Ode to Chocolate by Barbara Crooker.
Tow other Tuesday poets who celebrated food:
Harvey McQueen with To Autumn by Ian Wedde.
Clare Beynon with her own Doris Plum.
The Time of the Giants by Anne Kennedy is this Tuesday’s Poem.
Among contributions from other Tuesday poets are:
Deep Sea Swimming by Pam Morrison at Cadence.
Harvey McQueen’s Reading Janet Frame at Stoatspring.
Sotto Voce by Clare Beynon at All Finite Things reveal Infinitude.
Thanks by W.A. Merwin at Belinda Hollyer.
Savai’i by Mary McCallum, at O Audacious Book.
And Mariana Isara at Type What You See chose Being the Poem from Walt Whitman’s preface to Leaves of Grass.
This Tuesday’s poem is After Tomato Picking by Maria Garcia Teutsch.
If you click on the links to other Tuesday poets in the side bar you’ll find other poems including:
Stone is not Stone by Carson McCullers; Mary McCallum’s The Bookshop, Clare Beynons’ Daylight Saving, Boys, Please Don’t Rock The Boat by Alicia Ponder and Dutch Interior by Eillen Moeller.
This Tuesday’s Poem is My Soul’s Companion by Doug Poole.
It’s a prose poem and is accompanied by a painting by the poet’s partner, Penny Howard.
Among the other contributions from Tuesday poets linked in the sidebar are Afterword by Clare Beynon and Harvey’ McQueen’s Unexpected Tui.
This week’s Tuesday’s Poem post is: The Poet as absent-minded neuroscientist: The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin & Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov.
The commentary by Auckland-based novelist, poet and playwright Zireaux, who chose the excerpts for this week’s post, is illuminating.
As always there are other poems to be found by following the links in the side bar.
I was moved by Story Teller Vine, Rega by Melissa Shook.
Helen Lowe’s Outback expressed what we saw on a recent visit to Australia’s Top End.
Ode to Tomatoes by Pablo Neruda (translated by Margaret Sayers Peden) is a mouth watering offering from Belinda Hollyer. You can read it in Spanish here.
Sarah at The Red Room chose another of Neruda’s poems – September 8th (in Spanish here).
My Grandmother’s Love Letters by Hart Crane was Elizabeth Welsh’s choice.
Clare Beynon celebrates Eggs.
Mary McCallum manages to mix and make sense of a breast scan, a mouse trap and an earthquake in Victory.
Harvey McQueen sings A Song Of Spring.
Tim Jones walks Down George Street In The Rain.
While on poetry – Beattie’s Book Blog has September Quake by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.
This week’s Tuesday Poem is The Moonmen by Anna Livesey.
Among the links to other Tuesday poets are Taking Liberties On Birthdays by Clare Beynon and The Hospital by Mary McCallum.
Five days late but worth the wait – this week’s Tuesday’s Poem is The Astounding Circus of Dr Tourette by Heather Davis.
Among the links to other Tuesday poets in the side bar is Tortellini by Clare Beynon. It isn’t poetry but did make me giggle.
This Tuesday’s poem is extracts from Sab by Maria McMillan.
The sidebar has links to other Tuesday poets.
I was moved by Cheers – the poem and the explanation which followed – by Harvey McQueen at Stoatspring.
And was charmed and impressed by both Where She Comes From by Clare Beynon and the story behind it.
This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the other offerings, just that these two stood out.