You woke me up
in the early hours
with your persistence
and your words.
Now I’m up
before the birds,
slave to the emphatic vatic.
I’m tired but thankful,
but an image would be useful,
to brighten up my dreams.
Kim M. Russell, 29th September 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: The Vatic Voice
Lisa is our host this Tuesday and she has brought us a word that is new to me: vatic. Lisa has researched the word for us and given us various definitions and explanations, as well as examples. I personally like her explanation: ‘How many times have you felt like someone or something else wrote your poem and you were merely the transmitter? I think this is what is meant by vatic.’
I’ve often been woken by a phrase, a line and even whole poems, which send me scrabbling out of bed to jot down. More often than not, I then venture into my study in the wee hours to work on whatever I’ve been handed in my dreams.
Lisa’s recap is also helpful in understanding vatic. She says ‘the vatic voice of a poet is one that is infused with spirit that comes from another place. That voice has been regarded by some as a sign of divine transmission and by others as a sign of madness.’
The challenge is to write a poem in any form about the vatic voice: wrote a quadrille.