Peninsular Poetry is an occasional feature on this blog marking April as National Poetry Month.
We’ve written a lot about chickens here at the Kitsap Sun.
Turns out feathered fowl are popular topics with poets as well.
“At four o’clock
in the gun-metal blue dark
we hear the first crow of the first cock
the gun-metal blue window
and immediately there is an echo
off in the distance,
then one from the backyard fence,
then one, with horrible insistence,
grates like a wet match
from the broccoli patch,
flares, and all over town begins to catch. …”
I like Bishop’s use of language, but I think the poem could have been more concise.
“Bantams in the Pine Woods” by Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955), I would say, is a good example of onomatopoeia, the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it. (Dang, I knew that college education would come in handy some day.) Listen to the poem to get the most mileage from it.
Here is a snippet:
“Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
Of tan with henna hackles, halt!”
Does Stevens go over the top? You be the judge.
William Carlos Williams’ Red Wheelbarrow is a widely familiar poem. Williams lived from 1883 to 1963. The absence of capital letters seems to have been trendy.
“so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
Williams’ “Red Wheelbarrow” is so familiar it’s become fodder for parody.
Here’s one by Jacob T.
Nothings really special
the empty green
spotted with red
near the scrap
Or this, by Jay Scott
Security Advisory System
a red seal
phrases of high
on the blue
Oh, come on, folks, we can do better. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to write your own parody of “The Red Wheelbarrow.” Extra points if it has a local (Kitsap) angle.