Hello dVerse Poets. I’m Kim of writinginnorthnorfolk.com. Welcome to Tuesday Poetics.
I have an anthology, edited by Daisy Goodwin, entitled 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, subtitled ‘An Anthology of Emotional First Aid’. It’s a great little book that has been very useful on a number of occasions when I’ve been looking for the right words.
The foreword on the inside cover will give you a good idea of what’s in it:
‘Prozac has side effects, drink gives you hangovers, therapy’s too expensive; for a quick and effective relief for all your emotional ailments try a poem – for however bad it is some poet will have been there too.
This is the first poetry anthology designed for the self-help generation. Look up your problem in the emotional index, which has entries ranging from ‘Bad Hair Day’ to ‘Is This Relationship Going Anywhere?’, ‘First Wrinkle’ to ‘Bereavement, ‘Career Crisis’ to ‘Redundancy’ and a whole section of ‘Instant Moral Fibre’. The prescribed poems include classics by Emily Dickinson and Lord Byron and previously unpublished works by contemporary poets like Wendy Cope. The book has a cure or at least a consolation for every modern misery, and no side effects.’
Daisy explains it all in a lot more detail in the introduction, which is far too long to reproduce here, but I think you get the picture!
I have two favourites in this anthology. The first, by Fleur Adcock, is in the section ‘First Wrinkle’ and you can find it by following this link: http://gladdestthing.com/poems/kissing
The second is in the section ‘Is this the real Thing?’ It’s ‘Giving Up Smoking’ by Wendy Cope, who I met once, briefly entertained before a poetry reading, and with whom I supervised an interview by high school students for a school magazine: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/giving-up-smoking/
The challenge is to write a poem to save someone’s life on one of the following themes:
apologies – bad hair day – bereavement – big decision – birthday blues – career crisis – commitment problems – divorce – does my bottom look big in this? – don’t let the bastards get you down – first date – first wrinkle – friendship – getting married – hangover – illness – insomnia – is this relationship going anywhere? – is this the real thing? – Monday morning – money worries – moving house – parenthood – playing away – retail therapy – rock bottom – stressed out – successfully single – when your lover has gone
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I’m hoping for some much needed emotional first aid – and not just for me!
Good evening poets! here in England it’s a dull, wet evening and the washing is hanging limp ion the line. I’m hoping to have my spirits boosted by some poems that could save my life and there are drinks waiting on the bar.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
We have had a holiday today, so I’m a bit late with my poem. A wonderful sunny evening and now I’m trying to write a poem for this occasion.
You have sunshine! And a holiday! Lucky you! I look forward to reading your poem, Bjorn. 😉
I should have mine finished by this evening. It is good idea (and prompt) to write a poem with the intention of saving a life.
Hi Frank! Step up to the bar and I’ll pour you a cold one.
It’s finished. I wasn’t sure which theme to pick or if I could save a life with the one I did pick.
I’ve been to bed and got up again in the meantime and will be reading more poems shortly!
Rain rain go away….singin’ the rainy day blues here. Tonight, to brighten this dreary day, I’ve made cupcakes for the grandchildren to decorate after supper! My guess is there will be a lot of finger licking with as much frosting going into their mouths as onto the cupcakes! Now that is a recipe to solve the rainy day blues! 😊 I had fun with this prompt, Kim. Looking forward to reading in the AM!
That sounds such fun – finger licking with the grandchildren – and cupcakes! efore I started hosting this evening I practised the new song for choir – ‘Hold my Hand’ by Jess Glynne, and it seems to have cheered me up. See you later!
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Well, if the bartender is on duty, I’d like a Bloody Mary! It’s a gorgeous Spring day here in my world, sunny, breezy and warm…an open-the-windows kind of day. I was in a bit of a story-telling mood, so I’m afraid my poem is rather long. I can’t wait to see what the others bring to the table!
I enjoyed your tale of Sadie the pole dancer, Bev! I’m envious of your gorgeous spring day – it’s dark and wet over here. 😦
Bloody Mary coming up!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Yes… I think you might have a good smile at my poem…
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Well, this one brought out the Silly Jilly lurking within. What fun! I blended a bunch of this together and now, bar keep, if you please, I’ll have a Taming of the Shrewdriver.
Is that with a quill or a parasol?
Um… both 🙂
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This is certainly a lifesaver… or a breath mint, perhaps. Great prompt! I’ll have a Port (tawny), whiskey, and Maple syrup. Don’t know what it’s called, but it is a life saver.
We’ll call it a lifesaver!
Enjoy your cocktails and mocktails, I have to go make dinner. I’ll be back later to have my life saved!
Enjoy your dinner! A drink will be waiting for you.
Mine might be a bit too “out there,” but I don’t think I ever write anything that isn’t. 😛
We enjoy ‘out there’!
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I’ve just read Buddah M’s poem and I’m off to my bed. But I will be back to read more early tomorrow morning (our tiem). Sleep tight!
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Loved this, Kim. Thank you! 🙂
I’m looking forward to your poem, De! I’ve just got up and it’s still windy out there, although not raining, so no bees today. 😦
Glenn Buttkus said:
My birthday is fast approaching (June 14) I have a medical procedure that day, and my wife, newly retired flies off to Scotland for two weeks with a compeer. So “birthday blues” was a natural for me.
You poor baby, Glenn. 😦
Oh Glenn, alone on your birthday and having a procedure. And it’s a Wednesday so no dVerse poets to liven it up for you. I’ve just got up so I’ll be reading your poem shortly.
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Thanks for the prompt, Kim!
Thanks for rocking up and joining in!
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Having set up home 35 times in 47 years, around Australia and the world, the theme of Moving Home spoke to me.
That’s a lot of moving! I’ve lived in the same house now for almost 17 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. If we were all the same, life would be boring. Are you staying put now or moving on again?
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Very timely! I feel I am writing nothing but this type of poem these days! Pain certainly inspires. Will give it a go, thanks Kim 😊
I look forward to reading your poem, Diana!
Well, I didn’t think I had something, but then, after I’d posted my poem, I realised it did fit the criteria. Suffering from insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety – well, it put me mind of listening to military marches, rousing music for victories…
I have some catch-up reading to do this evening and am looking forward to it!
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Late to this wonderful prompt and perhaps I wandered a bit from the challenge. Hope everyone is well. 🙂
Glad you made it, Mish!
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Hi Kim, thank you for this beautiful prompt, which I have now found time to respond to. I am linking a tanka I wrote earlier today and will swing by later to read :o)
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paul scribbles said:
Cool prompt. Late to the party but left an offering which I can promise will save no lives…maybe 😉
Hey Paul! Good to see you back! I hope you had a great tie and that we’ll read about it soon. 🙂
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I hope to put together a photo blog once I have chosen from the 1000+ shots I took. Meanwhile I have a 2 day training to deliver here in Kuala Lumpur so it’ll have to wait.
Enjoy your time in Kuala Lumpur!
Can I still write a poem? Cz I’m wondering if this is a old post.
I’m afraid this is an old one now but you could still link up to dVerse Open Link Night.
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