Roger thanks -how cheery
Perhaps you could mimic Roger Day?
From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Roger Day
Sent: 28 August 2008 08:06
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Subject: Re: snap: a skunk on Newport Road
Yes, I've got Patrick's style down rather pat (no pun intended) don't you
I've come to the conclusion that one of my talents is mimicry. I can
draw things and make the drawings look like what they are ... I'm no
da Vinci or Michelangelo but hey. The same with poetry. Once I've
snagged that voice, I can write a fair mimicry. Lowell was once a
favourite poet of mine.
The problem that leaves me with is voice, as Judy pointed out. A good
mimic has no personal voice. Mike Yarwood, a mimic from the 70s was
lauded for his skills. Watching him talk as himself was a bit ...
shocking. He had no voice of his own. He'd been subsumed completely by
these other voices, or so it seemed. "Would the real Mike Yarwood" was
the title of one his things; of course the joke was that there was no
real Mike Yarwood and he knew it.
One of the exercises I thought I'd set myself was to copy another
poet, to learn how to put phrases and poetry together. I wonder now if
that exercise is redundant. But how to proceed, that is the question.
Writing with no exemplars is not something I'm into. Any ideas?
On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 12:58 AM, andrew burke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ah, poetry meets the world and the world replies with
> StopSkunkSmell.com/skunk-smell/ ... or is that only Google's reply?
> Nice picture, Roger. Sort of Robert Lowell meets Patrick ...
> 2008/8/27 Roger Day <[log in to unmask]>:
>> two low brick walls
>> a middle-aged lady and her skunk
>> playing a game
>> leather and trim
>> the skunks low flat tail
>> in the low flat breeze
>> oh to be sniffing
>> another skunks tail!
>> My Stuff: http://www.badstep.net/
>> "I began to warm and chill
>> to objects and their fields"
>> Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
My Stuff: http://www.badstep.net/
"I began to warm and chill
to objects and their fields"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds