Friday, January 11, 2008

Poetry Friday- The Host

Welcome everyone to Poetry Friday! Since the partcipants will be providing the main course, I'll simply provide the appetizers.

Here's a little fun with the thesaurus:

Sir, I abide by your comprehensive authority,
That each bard is a buffoon,
However you yourself may assist to display it,
That each buffoon is not a bard.

Can you identify the original poem, i.e., before I butchered it?

And while I'm being juvenile, here's a site which tries to help you write MadLibs poems. It could have been more fun, but there are loads of problems with the grammar, plus they only use two poems as templates. Here's my creation (and I use that term lightly):

blue decision's blue decision

quickly i have never creep, sluggishly beyond
any ocean, your faucet have their aqua:
in your most turquoise chef are things which pop me,
or which i cannot saute because they are too icily

your watery look intensely will unflambe me
though i have boil myself as bathtub,
you broil always candle by candle myself as crayon taste
(freezeing immortally, ideally) her liquid box

or if your fox be to defrost me, i and
my socks will pounce very imaginatively, inwardly,
as when the honey of this ocean braise
the bunny decisively everywhere timeing;

nothing which we are to sort in this gum wonder
the snail of your runny tiger: whose pimple
chop me with the icicle of its racetrack,
melting pot and stove with each swiming

(i do not fry what it is about you that fly
and catch; only something in me hunt
the burner of your faucet is slothlike than all crayon)
dial, not even the oven, has such cheetah-like fan

- John Mutford &
e.e. cummings

Hopefully today's participants will offer up something more substantial!

Update: Looks like a potluck! Where else could you find Dickinson alongside Oscar the Grouch, or Walt Whitman next to the Veggie Tales Gang? Lots of great posts. I suggest you first read the comments below to get more of a description for each post. Look around, have fun, leave comments...

Cloudscome- a sonnet by John Donne

Karen Edminsten- Richard Wilbur’s “The Writer

Suzanne- Elizabeth Coatsworth’s “January

Wizards Wireless – Susan R. Makin’s Kilimanjaro Poems

Mary Lee- a found poem

Literacy Teacher- Bruce Lansky’s “Blow Your Nose

Stacey- Stacey’s “Debacles

Writer2b- Denise Levertov “St. Peter and the Angel

Laura Salas- Various- 15 Words or Less Poems and William Carlos Williams’ “Winter Trees

Sara Lewis Holmes- Sarah Lewis Holmes’ “Flower in Tibet

Liz In Ink - Sylvia Plath's “Metaphors

Jama Rattigan- A few thoughts on beat poetry, and of course, soup

Shelf Elf- Joyce Sidman’s anthology of dog poems “The World According to Dog

Miss Rumphius- Louis May Alcott’s “A Song From the Suds

Mitali Perkins- Marge Piercey’s “For The Young Who Want To

Chicken Spaghetti- Howard Nemerov’s “Storm Windows

Kelly- Czeslaw Milosz’s “Ars Poetica

Little Willow- Hannah Teter’s “Wise Eyes

Jenny- Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing

TadMack- Charles Bukowski’s “Fame

Jennie- Marge Piercy’s “Why Marry At All

Crispus Attucks- Forrest Hamer’s “A Poem About Whiteness

Becky- The Veggie Tales Gang “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything

Kelly Fineman- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

HipWriterMama- Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Youth and Age

The Simple and The Ordinary- Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Katherine

Ruth- Dr. Bacchus’s “Chai” (Poems about Kenya)

The Well Read Child- Oscar The Grouch “Knock Three Times

Wild Rose Reader- Elaine Magliaro’s winter poems

3M- Michelle M’s “Cat’s Eye

Blue Rose Girls- Eve Mirriam’s “How To Eat A Poem” and Mark Strand’s “Eating Poetry”

Shannon- gathas, an original gatha by Nona

Amoxcalli- Herberto Helder’s “Someone opens an orange in silence

Anamaria- Gwendolyn Brooks’ Bronzeville Boys and Girls

Becky at Farm School- Emily Dickinson’s “No. 668, c1863

Sheila- Tu Fu’s “Snow Storm

7-Imp- Galway Kinnell’s “The Correspondence-School Instructor Says Good-Bye to His Poetry Students

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen- Mary Oliver's "The Hermit Crab"

Tiel Aisha Ansari's "Why I Don't Make New Year's Resolutions"

Andrea's "Roar of a Snore" Podcast

Web- Jay M. Harris's The Moon Is La Luna

Erin- Billy Collins's "Days"

*The thesaurusized poem above was originally by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and went like this:

Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.


Susan Kusel said...

Hi John-
Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday! I posted excerpts from Susan Makin's poems about Mount Kilimanjaro today, in honor of my brother who's about climb the mountain.

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for hosting. Mine is Richard Wilbur this week.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have four original children's poems about winter.

At Blue Rose Girls, I have two poems about eating poetry--one by Eve Merriam and one by Mark Strand.

Mary Lee said...

I'm in with a found poem this week.

Have fun hosting!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting this week John! I wrote another wedding one... though I'll likely go back to posting other folks' poetry next week since I think mine is getting a little tired. ;)

Anonymous said...


I'm stumped as to what the pre-thesaurus poem is, but it reminds me of Emily Dickinson...? The mad lib poem leaves me speechless (as most mad libs do :-)

I posted a Denise Levertov poem today, called "St. Peter and the Angel."

Thank you for hosting today.

Ruth said...

I've posted some poems about Kenya.

Anonymous said...

(P.S. I'm not sure why there's a little smiley face next to my Mr Linky entry. Guess I'll just smile back and be on my way...)

Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast said...

Thanks for being poetry host this week (and for the reminder)!

At today we chat about the rhyming night time jaunt "Roar of a Snore".

Sara said...

I took up the challenge of Tricia's Poetry Stretch: Flower in Tibet

I had no idea that socks could pounce...I'll be more careful now. :)

laurasalas said...

Thank you for hosting, John!

I have 15 Words or Less Poems (come add your own--well, you already did, John, but everybody else--come add your own!) at

And I have a William Carlos Williams poem, "Winter Trees," at

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I talked about metaphors, a school visit and Sylvia Plath!

Anonymous said...

Hi John,

Thanks for hosting this week.

Over at Shelf Elf, I'm taking a look at Joyce Sidman's The World According to Dog.

Plus a picture of my pooch.

Have a good one!

jama said...

Today I'm talking about the Beat poets and fish chowder! (Something to follow your witty appetizers.)

Thanks for hosting, John.

Tricia said...

Morning, John!
I'm in today with some Louisa May Alcott.
Thanks so much for hosting!

mbpbooks said...

The Fire Escape's offering is about the agony of the writing process -- wise words from Marge Piercy's "For The Young Who Want To." Thanks for the hospitality.

Anonymous said...

Hi, John. Thanks so much for rounding up the poets today. I'm in with Howard Nemerov's "Storm Windows." I left a link with Mr. Linky.

Chicken Spaghetti

Kelly said...

Thanks for hosting, John.

Also, I'm looking for hosts for Feb and March if you could let readers know :)

Little Willow said...

Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday this week!

Wise Eyes by Hannah Teter - complete with video of Hannah performing the piece!

Delete said...

Hi John-

That seems very substantial to me. I went with a standard Walt Whitman--not very inventive, but, my girls and I are studying New Jersey next week so Walt fits the bill.


christine M said...

Thanks for hosting, John, I'm in with a little Robert Louis Stevenson - as a tribute to my daughter who turns 11 tomorrow.

tanita✿davis said...

I'm in with Charles Bukowski, amazingly. Thanks for hosting.

Karen Edmisten said...

My brain was too tired last night to decode your thesaurus-twist. But, this morning, I decided to try googling "every poet a fool" in place of "bard a bufoon" and I found it. :-)

Very clever. Have a great Poetry Friday.

Jennie said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm in with a Marge Piercy poem and a most hilarious story with a very happy ending..

Anonymous said...

I love the thesaurus poem and its sentiment. Can't tag it, though.

I'm in with The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Vivian Mahoney said...

Thank you so much for hosting! I'm in with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

christine M said...

Mr. Linky linked to an old poetry Friday - I think I fixed it though.

Unknown said...

I'm grouchy today and sharing more grouchiness with song as poetry.

1morechapter said...

I have a silly little original one up here.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Just wrote this in the spirit of the New Year (kinda)

Why I Don't Make New Year's Resolutions

web said...

I have a review of The Moon is La Luna, which was nominated for the Cybils but arrived too late for consideration. :-(

Anonymous said...

Hey John, thanks for hosting today's poems!
I posted an excerpt from Mary Oliver's The Hermit Crab after we found a tiny curly crab at the beach yesterday.

Shannon said...

Thank you for hosting! I explore the art of writing gathas this week...Enjoy!

Unknown said...

AmoxCalli is in with Herberto Helder. Thank you so much for hosting!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the roundup! Here's my post:

Becky said...

Checking in from Alberta, late but with any luck not last.

I have Emily Dickinson on Nature for today. Thanks for hosting!

sheila said...

Becky, your luck is holding. (wonder if I'll be last now)

Hi John,

I'm in with easily the most depressing poem, one about old age. It's very, err, atmospheric.

Thanks for hosting.
cheers / sheila

Erin said...

eisha said...

That EE Cummings parody is actually kind of awesome. Thanks for hosting!

7-Imp is in with a bit of Galway Kinnell.

Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast said...


A couple of corrections. Our rhyming book for PF is "Roar (not rant) of a Snore" and our URL is:

thanks again!

John Mutford said...

Hi Andrea,
Sorry about that! I've fixed it above.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I tried to leave a comment the other day but must have done something wrong. I've got a John Donne sonnet up this weekend.