In plain talk!
Modernists dubbed vers libre.
To break the pentameter
And the metrical foot;
To free! ala vers libre,
To say what you want;
To open the lines to a free-form of font;
To write concretely of things, and not of ideas;
Basically, to write what the hell that you want!
”I ate the plums
You put in the refrigerator,
Which I know you wanted;
But shit! they were so damn good!”
(From a love note,
By William Carlos Williams
To his very hungry wife.)
A green wheel-barrow
Sits upright in the garden.
It gathers freely offered rain
That the rainclouds freely give;
And it holds!
It’s a damn good wheel-barrow!
Though it’s getting rusty.
(So much depends on a green wheel-barrow.)
And think of Bukowski!
he fought the fight,
crossed over the edge,
just so’s to write –
A N Y G O D – D A M N E D T H I N G
O R I N A N Y W A Y
T H A T H E W A N T E D !
Viva Verse Libre!
©Marvin Loyd Welborn 2011
woo hoo power to the poets!!!! i am with you…you lets set something on fire and write any way we damn well please…smiles.
This is going to be a fun prompt … the first desecration — and the birth of European poetry — was when troubadours overwrote church hymns with bawdy lyrics: conductus about cunt. Vers libre is the life that cannot be contained, defiant of fences, conventions, poetics. Culture is all about genres; creativity, about turning them on their respective asses, mixing things up. One thing does become clear to me, though, is that while we can choose to go anywhere we damn please nowadays, that doesn’t mean anyone necessarily cares to follow. (My take on Bukowski.) … Great poem, Tink — Brendan
haha – so cool…love the plums and wheel-barrow parts – and bukowski of course… liberté pour les poets et les verses!!
verse libre! whooo hooo! awesome ralley call for today’s Poetics. thanks 🙂
Oh yes, so much does depend on a wheel barrow AND a poet! Bravo.
Extremely cool piece, very creative take on the prompt, but oh so valid. Loved the read, thanks
so you are saying that discussing free verse is taboo?
Not at all.
great verse …i have followed your advice not sure anyone over 8 stone will ever visit my blog again tho !
Interesting synchronicity here–just read those two poems a night ago while combating insomnia with my Norton Anthology, and after reading Marvell, Donne, Hopkins and Swinborne–totally get your point here, and yes, it *is* taboo to hint that maybe there is something to be said for rhymes and form and meter. I like both, and write both, but my wheelbarrow is only used in the garden. Enjoyed this much.
I hate that plum poem, don’t understand the wheelbarrow one, and think Bukowski is the most over-imitated, overglorified poet in history. But I do love free verse!
So do I, truly.
This was wonderful.. Simply wonderful..Viva la poet that truly expresses himself..
I very much enjoyed this.. indeed.
I will follow your advice and write…and sometimes break the rules too ~
Vive le resistance! Thoroughly enjoyable and creative take on the prompt.
I love Carlos Williams – and that red wheel barrow has been in many poets’ verse garden – well in mine anyway. I love free verse and I love form. Whatever works for what you got to say, that’s what I think. Mine is a departure for me today. I’m going to try some more, though. I always wanted to follow eecummings’ bread crumbs for a short walk into the woods. 🙂
Liked the way you gathered the elders in tribute here!
I like William Carlos Williams too.
Amen, and a high five to boot! This was much more fun than I thought it was going to be. We might have to blame Sheila and Kellie for creating some real poetic monsters!
I call my little granddaughter Tinks [short for Tinkerbell] so had to read this and I am glad I did.