Poem up at Visual Verse

I was surprised and pleased to receive an email from Kristen at Visual Verse last week asking me if I would like to be one of the featured poets for July. She sent me the image, by Maria Victoria Rodriguez, and I sent her back my poem. You can see both here.

Thanks Kristen!

25 thoughts on “Poem up at Visual Verse

  1. Congratulations! That’s quite an accolade! I enjoyed the poem too. Argentine is one of those places I’d like to visit to see how the Italian and Spanish cultures slot together and where the indigenous populations fit in.

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    1. Thanks Jane. I think the entire world is blended now, but the Americas in particular. In Central and South America the original populations are much more prominent in the larger culture than in North America though. We managed much better to suppress the native population.

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      1. Yes, the integration of native or colonised people has been difficiult (or unacceptable) in most places. What’s making it difficult now is this identity splintering. Especially on religious grounds. People who used to want to integrate now insist on their right to be different and apart. It’s going to blow up in the faces of those who encourage it. We stand or fall together, not in our little boxes.

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        1. I agree. Of course it’s easy for me to say when I have no group to cling to. Most Americans are so mixed it’s silly for them to pretend to be pure anything. At least after a generation or two. (K)

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  2. So good, Kerfe ❤

    You know, this might be a minor thing, but I really love how you just end stanzas where you feel they should end, regardless of how they compare in length to other stanzas. It just seems so natural that it wows me.

    -David

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    1. Thanks David. I don’t really think that much about the structure of free verse. Although I avoid lines that are much longer than all the others. I think mostly about the way the words fit together, both as a line by themselves and as they flow into one another. I think that’s a result of doing Japanese poerty forms. Where you are always supposed to consider both aspects.

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  3. Ohhh, most excellent and quite an honour! And I love your delivery. I got the mail in that this month’s Visual Verse is open but I quickly closed it in case I write my piece, so that I don’t get distracted by the three featured authors. So I didn’t see that one of the is you! 🙂 And I’d by happy to see that!!

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  4. is it greedy for me to think that one of your artworks will be a future VV prompt muse?
    well-deserved, and I concur with the other sentiments. ~

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    1. Thanks M. I don’t know how they pick their art, but I’ve been submitting art for Rattle’s Ekphrastic challenge for years to no avail (none of my poems have been chosen either…) (k)

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