Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My poem 'Mother Nature House Hunting' is now online at Nthposition!
It's a great literary webzine, the poetry editor is the Canadian poet Todd Swift who also runs the literary blog Eyewear.

I've been tagged by Roxana to post 'a phrase: a few lines from a poem, a song, or an overheard sentence that rings important inside you'.
When I read Anne Sexton's poem, 'The Black Art', the first verse very much stuck in my head. I love these lines.

"A woman who writes feels too much,
those trances and portents!
As if cycles and children and islands
weren't enough; as if mourners and gossips
and vegetables were never enough.
She thinks she can warn the stars.
A writer is essentially a spy.
Dear love, I am that girl."

I would like to tag, if they want to play along, Rachel, Shug, Swiss, James, Jim and Dave.


Colin Will said...

Nice poem, Sorlil, and well done. It sounds as if you're feeling more positive too, which is great.

Dominic Rivron said...

Read Mother Nature, reread it... intend to go back and read it again. Enjoyed it a lot.

swiss said...

there you go. some days it rain, some it shines, but it's all weather!

Rachel Fox said...

Like your extract. Will think about one to post. Yours made me think of the children's book 'Harriet the Spy' that SG and I have just read together.

Sorlil said...

thankyou colin, I'm very glad you like it and yes I'm feeling a lot more positive thanks!

thanks dominic, I'm really glad you like it.

hi swiss, yes all ups and downs isn't it!

hi rachel, it's a great verse isn't it!

An Honest Man said...

Good one Sorlil.

Sorlil said...

thanks honest man :)

James Owens said...

A lovely poem at NthPosition. Congratulations!

You quote an interesting bit from Sexton. I have to admit I've never read very much of her work, but I like this. "She thinks she can warn the stars" is a wonderful line.

Sorlil said...

thankyou james, I'm very glad you like it!
funnily enough it took me a good while to get into Sexton, but I'd say she's definitely worth persevering with.

Anonymous said...

I just read your 'Mother Nature House Hunting' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great work. Thanks.

Sorlil said...

thanks maekitso, I'm really glad you like it!

Dick said...

May the success provide some creative impetus, Sorlil. I know that feeling of exhaustion too well.

Jim Murdoch said...

I may do a full post around this later but for now I'll leave you with these lines:

Have you ever met a lady, screaming angst potential?
Have you ever dreamed of romance, no matter how experimental?
Have you ever felt an alien drifting back into your hometown?
Did you think you were buying safety when you bought that piece of ground?
She said all the best freaks are here
She said all the best freaks are here, please stop staring at me
So I said all the best freaks are here
All the best freaks are here, please stop staring at me
-Freaks, Marillion

You can hear it here. Do your ears a favour. This is one of those songs I could simply put on 'repeat' and listen to it over and over again.

Roxana said...


thank you for playing, dear Sorlil! I am not sure about the first line, but the last will stay with me for sure :-)

Rachel Fox said...

Done my homework, Miss.

Dave King said...

Congratul;ations. Well deserved - and I will see what I can do. I would like to come out to play with you!

Sorlil said...

hi jim, thanks for that, very interesting!

hi roxana, thanks for tagging me!

thanks rachel, will pop over for the read!

thankyou dave, look forward to reading yours!

Sorlil said...

thankyou dick though you never seem to have much shortage in the way of poems!

swiss said...

bebruary the what? it's so far away in the past i can barely make it out! i believe you're due me a cake poem.

or perhaps soup.....?

Sorlil said...

"bebruary the what?" - my thoughts exactly, lol!

swiss said...

my typing. it's an art!