Hi everyone! I am pleased to introduce our guest host for today – Lillian !
I’m a dreamer. I’ll admit it. And I also love music – all kinds. The rhythms and sounds take my body to another place.
One of my favorite poems of all time is an “oldie” – Jazz Fantasia by Carl Sandburg.
Drum on your drums, batter on your banjoes,
sob on the long cool winding saxophones.
Go to it, O jazzmen.
Sling your knuckles on the bottoms of the happy
tin pans, let your trombones ooze, and go husha-
husha-hush with the slippery sand-paper.
Moan like an autumn wind high in the lonesome treetops,
moan soft like you wanted somebody terrible, cry like a
racing car slipping away from a motorcycle cop, bang-bang!
you jazzmen, bang altogether drums, traps, banjoes, horns,
tin cans — make two people fight on the top of a stairway
and scratch each other’s eyes in a clinch tumbling down
Can the rough stuff . . . now a Mississippi steamboat pushes
up the night river with a hoo-hoo-hoo-oo . . . and the green
lanterns calling to the high soft stars . . . a red moon rides
on the humps of the low river hills . . . go to it, O jazzmen.
Years and years ago, I used to divide up my 10th grade English class into sections to read this poem aloud – and when you read it aloud, you hear the music. Try it!
Aristotle defines phantasia as “our desire for the mind to mediate anything not actually present to the senses with a mental image.” In music fantasia is defined as a free composition structured according to the composer’s fancy. Then there’s other “forms” of the word: fantasy as the creative imagination – unrestricted fancy; a capricious or fantastic idea; a far fetched or whimsical notion; or an imagined event such as a daydream. Some might even suggest a hallucination.
So for today’s prompt, I’d like us to create a poem that includes the word fantasia, phantasia, or fantasy. The word can be used in the title or the body of the poem itself. You can think about music or anything else that strikes your “fancy.” It’s a day to let your mind escape your rational being.
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Lillian Hallberg, emeritus Dean of MBA Programs at Boston’s Suffolk University, began writing poetry in February 2015. She is published in Provincetown Magazine; was invited to read her poetry at Bermuda’s celebration of UNESCO World Heritage Day, March 2016, and her NaPoWriMo prompt suggestion was accepted and used on Day 10, 2016. She is a proud mom and gramma; and has enjoyed 46 wonderful years with the love of her life, George, a home chef extraordinaire.
Welcome our guest host for today, Lillian ~
Hope you enjoy writing for our poetics ~ Have a good Tuesday everyone ~
Thanks so much for the introduction, Grace. I am so honored to be a guest host today. The bar is now officially open! 🙂 Hope everyone has a fantastical time with the prompt 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Great to have you hosting Lilian – I’m out with colleagues so I will be back later
See you later then, Bjorn. Trying to do this on our PC — so will see how this comes out…may have to switch to my laptop. Okay, givin’ it a whirl!
ah great! I’m in…..see you later, Bjorn.
Sanaa Rizvi said:
Gosh 😀 I must admit this is my dream prompt Lillian. I shall be back with something bright and new! xo
Looking forward to it! 🙂
Glenn Buttkus said:
Welcome & hugs, Lillian; have enjoyed your poetic offerings here several times. How lovely to get a bigger peek at you & your life. What a marvelous prompt too. Often I lapse into fantasy with my poetry, it’s such a joyous landscape.
Ah so nice to chat here Glenn. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked the prompt. Decided to let everyone “live their fantasy” with this one 🙂 LOVED yours — as always!
Welcome Lillian! It is just grand having you here with us. A fun prompt to be sure. I shall be back later with my own offering and to read and comment. Being such a logic bound old soul, I’m having to think a bit on this one, which is a good thing. I may have to channel the inner hummingbird in me.
Happy to loan you a kiskadee 🙂 Will look forward to seeing your offering soon. And thank you, I’m thrilled to be hosting! 🙂
Hi Lillian, so lovely to have you hosting today! I chose a rather philosophical fantasy for another Sevenling. 🙂
Will scoot over in a few minutes to look! Just stepped away for a glass of chardonnay (now in hand). Couldn’t seem to find the glasses here at the bar 🙂
I love how everyone so far is very imaginative with their responses ~ I will be checking throughout the night and tomorrow for any new poems ~
It’s always amazing to me to see the very different takes, forms, styles, personalities that appear given one prompt! 🙂 Guess that’s the poetic imagination! 🙂
I managed to insert a line space between the poem and your comment ~ Carl’s poem is lovely to read out loud too 🙂
Many thanks!! Yes — it is really really fun to read aloud….especially with 10th graders in groups who really get into it and sling their knuckles and batter on the banjo with just the sound and tone of their voice matched with the words. Much more than onomatopoeia (or however you spell it!) — two people falling down the stairs BANG BANG. Go to it oh jazzmen! 🙂
How fun to watch them…. 🙂
Thank you to the kind soul who linked for me. My husband’s turbo tax I think finally did the computer in. It has been fun reading the kmaginative takes on this prompt. Most enjoyable.
You are welcome 🙂
My son who is an accountant is doing our taxes, such a relief ~
Glad to see you here. Enjoying the very different responses here. More to come, I’m sure! 🙂
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Very fun prompt, Lillian–and thanks for inviting her, Grace. I went retro with a little nod to the Beatles. And a Sevenling, since I missed last week’s wonderful prompt hosted by De. I’ll be by in an hour or so to read and comment.
Ah Victoria: I just spent at least 7 minutes with your sevenling — reading twice and listening full out. Thanks for taking me on a musical journey! I am a dreamer and I was swaying with their words and their music!
And so happy to be hosting!!! Lovin’ every minute of it! Hangin’ with my chardonnay now 🙂
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Poetry and chardonnay–what else could anyone ask for?
Edward Rinaldi (@blindedbeatpoet) said:
I work myself toward surreal imagery juxtaposed with lacy bits of raw emotional states I am not quite able to define, so I love the idea of such a prompt…jazz-fantasia, for me is a state of being where the fantasy more often than not, tells a truth between the lines of my mind body and soul and usually with from the streets reversing of the rain, guttural to joyful sounds besides the words, which act like eyes and follow right behind as nose and poem do…and this prompt also brought to mind a favorite poet of mine…and one that sadly does not receive as much widespread attention as I believe he deserves…Ken Nordine…here’s a taste… https://youtu.be/m5Is5h_KvqA now I’m off to read…
I love that Ken Nordine recording. And so does my baby. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’ll have me playing it on repeat for quite a while.
Edward: Thank you thank you thank you! Just listened to your youtube suggestion. It is great! Had me smiling and actually noddin’ with the rhythm….and then the twist — his baby! 🙂 Smiling I am. So glad you enjoyed the prompt. Might I direct you to a poem I wrote some time ago — I think you might enjoy given what you’ve written here and the link you provided: It’s entitled Notes from a Musical Interlude and you can link to it at https://lillianthehomepoet.com/2015/11/05/notes-from-a-musical-interlude/
So glad you stopped by to chat — and enjoyed your poem for the prompt. I’ve been reading a City Lights Anthology — mainly from the Beat Generation — and your piece reminded me of that very much. Hope to see you again!
Ah Grace, enjoying this I am 🙂
PS: It does help when you type 80 words per minute on the keyboard — it’s almost like talking, in my fantasies at least 🙂
Had such fun with this, Lillian. Thank you!
Glad you did! 🙂 Smiling I am.
Signing off for tonight. Shall return tomorrow for reading and chats.
Hard for me to go totally fantastical but i made an attempt…and also a sevenling! Will read others’ posts tomorrow 🙂
Bar is open! Serving Irish Coffees this morning — if you’r on US time. Other drinks available also 🙂 Nic to see you Lynn. Will be doing some reading here in a minute — soon as I have my own coffee cup in hand! 🙂 Sorry did not connect last night — but am here now. Good to see you!
Irish coffee sounds wonderful…please fill my cup!
Late to the bar again! So pleased to see you are all here. 🙂
Hi Kim: Bar is open again — not to worry. Still plenty of company and drinks available. Mimosa perhaps if you’d like some extra vitamin C? 🙂 I’m guest tending Poetics this week — enjoying it immensely! I’m usually the one late to the bar — so we are sympatico in that way. My morning coffee is just about ready and I’ll be moseying over to read posts I haven’t seen yet. Do take a look — there’s so many unique takes on the prompt! Quite fun!
oh how I hope I can wake everyone up this morning to read this note of mine! With coffee cup in hand, I was reading the posts that came in after I hit the sack last night. And there was a reply from De, to Viv I think? Can’t recall to whom. BUT the reply — ooh it’s perfect and I HAVE to share it with all — She commented on the post (which was a Sevenling response to fantasia) and made Sevenling into a verb! So — we could say, “Hey, let’s go sevenling today!” Just made me grin! Wonder if it could gain in popularity in the poetic world, to the level of “Let’s google it!” or “Oh you’re just noodling!” Ah my friends — so many enjoyed that prompt – to write a Sevenling. Perhaps we should all go sevenling again! Happy Wednesday!
And I must say now, over my morning cup, THANK YOU to Grace for asking me to guest tend — LOVED IT! 🙂
ALL poetic words are verbs, in my book. 😉 Sipping your delicious Irish coffee and smiling this morning, Lillian.
Hannah Gosselin said:
Thank you, Lillian and Grace! I will be reading as time allows this week…wonderful inspiration!
Glad you’re here, Hannah. Enjoy! And so glad you liked the prompt.