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One of my fave poems - and relevant to your next shoot!

Post  CozyTombRez on Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:05 am

A Display of Mackerel - by Mark Doty


They lie in parallel rows,
on ice, head to tail,
each a foot of luminosity

barred with black bands,
which divide the scales'
radiant sections

like seams of lead
in a Tiffany window.
Iridescent, watery

prismatics: think abalone,
the wildly rainbowed
mirror of a soapbubble sphere,

think sun on gasoline.
Splendor, and splendor,
and not a one in any way

distinguished from the other
-- nothing about them
of individuality. Instead

they're all exact expressions
of the one soul,
each a perfect fulfilment

of heaven's template,
mackerel essence. As if,
after a lifetime arriving

at this enameling, the jeweler's
made uncountable examples,
each as intricate

in its oily fabulation
as the one before
Suppose we could iridesce,

like these, and lose ourselves
entirely in the universe
of shimmer -- would you want

to be yourself only,
unduplicatable, doomed
to be lost? They'd prefer,

plainly, to be flashing participants,
multitudinous. Even now
they seem to be bolting

forward, heedless of stasis.
They don't care they're dead
and nearly frozen,

just as, presumably,
they didn't care that they were living:
all, all for all,

the rainbowed school
and its acres of brilliant classrooms,
in which no verb is singular,

or every one is. How happy they seem,
even on ice, to be together, selfless,
which is the price of gleaming.
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Post  LucyInTheSky_08 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:59 am

oooh dude!
i love how the fish are being compared to jewels and jewelry, but gasoline (when it's all raindowy) at the same time
and how they're beautiful, but at the same time just plain and one of many

good poemyness, you have good taste
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Post  CozyTombRez on Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:48 am

thanks! he was part of my 8-poet contemporary class, and i have one of his books. it's pretty good
he's the master of imagery and color. And little triplets jam-packed.
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Post  LucyInTheSky_08 on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:52 pm

lol
(you're still better at writing)
what?
who said that
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Post  CozyTombRez on Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:08 pm

bitch u don't know me!
lol
nah i haven't written anything in forever...it's annoying.
i was gonna write something for my school's short story/poem compilation book thingie, but i really wasn't inspired and i didn't want to just write anything.
guess all these papers are taking it out of me.
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Post  LucyInTheSky_08 on Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:11 pm

see?
that's why people shouldn't go to college....



KIDDING!
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Post  Hottamaletrain on Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:24 pm

MOOooooo!


.....sorry, I just wanted to get involved in the discussion Very Happy
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Post  LucyInTheSky_08 on Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:35 am

Moink!
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Post  CozyTombRez on Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:37 am

THAT IS SOOOO INAPPROPRIATE
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Post  Cowboy Breebop on Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:06 am

Bananas.

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