I like lists and ticking off items when complete,
the regularity of paving stones beneath my feet,
avoiding cracks and walking firmly in the squares,
so as not to be eaten by predatory bears.
I like to peg laundry neatly on a washing line,
different coloured pegs for your clothes and mine.
I like arranging poems into different forms,
to prevent words from squirming off like worms.
The disarray of nature also pleases me,
but I must organise its wild abandon into poetry.
Kim M. Russell, 14th April 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Order, Order!
Laura, our host this Tuesday, introduces us to poetry by Elizabeth Jennings, a twentieth century poet associated with the post-war anti heroic movement. Laura says that it was her style of writing that made an impression on her: the clarity and directness of her voice, lack of ambiguity, use of formal rhyme patterns, and orderly framework. She says that the word ‘order’ appears many times in reference to Jennings’ work, personal and religious life, as well as in her poetry.
Laura would like us to write poems in which we express, directly or indirectly, our relationship with order: do we like, want, need or resist it? She wants us to think about the way order turns up in our lives: the order of seasons and ceremony, for example, We can use the word in our titles or the bodies of our poems and, for an extra challenge, we can put our poems into the order of forma poetic patterning.
Mine turned out a little autobiographical and very whimsical.