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friday feast: raw alphabet

#7 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.

alphabet font by cah

Brace yourselves.

I'm going raw and uncensored today.

No soup, no cake, no cooking. It's too hot in the kitchen to turn on the stove. You know how it is.

I'm playing with dry alphabet pasta! Shocking, oh my, yes. And so dangerous. Chalk it up to May Madness.

Note: Tapioca pearls make excellent periods.

by Robert Pinsky

Any body can die, evidently. Few
Go happily, irradiating joy,

Knowledge, love. Many
Need oblivion, painkillers,
Quickest respite.

Sweet time unafflicted,
Various world:

X = your zenith.

Here's the audio version:

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by the irrepressible Kelly Polark. Dance, baby, dance!

See all the other alphabetica posts here.

 Certified authentic alphabetica. Handmade especially for you with love and a bowl full of raw affection.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 15th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
May. 15th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Mr. Pinsky is quite clever! Love how he enunciates all the alphabets, too.
May. 15th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
So clever! I tried to rise to a writing challenge recently that involved starting all the sentences with letters of the alphabet in sequence, but the Muse must have been busy helping Robert Pinsky.

I have to go look up "irradiating" now. Irradiated beef at the grocery store has been zapped. Zapped joy? Can't be...

May. 15th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Writing a poem that actually means something with the words in alphabetical sequence is definitely a big challenge. The equal sign is cheating a little, though.
May. 15th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, I think I get it now. And now I'm STILL MORE impressed.

May. 15th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
Okay, you are way too cool. You even do the noodles (and the tapioca pearls) RAW!

Raw Pinsky. Whoa.
May. 16th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
Raw pasta seemed the only way to present this terse poem!
May. 16th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Love it! Did you really write that with ABC pasta?!
My apologies Jama, I just clicked the link for you from my page and it came up in error. I think I put a period or something after your link address. I will fix it!
May. 16th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Yes, it took me about an hour.

I didn't notice the link didn't work. Maybe I typed the URL wrong in my comment.
May. 16th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
I adore this clever poem. I've tried to write this type of poem and never been able to pull it off.

You are so talented with the pasta my girl! You should put this poem in the poets.org Free Verse Project Flickr pool: http://poets.org/page.php/prmID/541

Brilliant idea!
May. 16th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, Andi. I wish I had been able to get a clearer photo (problems with the flash).
May. 16th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Poetic pasta magic! Thanks!
May. 16th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
May. 16th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you I have never been described as irrepressible before. (thank you - now I have to look it up :)
Great ABC poem!
I fixed your link on my blog (sorry it was wrong yesterday!) and I checked it and it's in working order now!
May. 16th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! Irrepressible is a good thing, as it applies to you :).
May. 17th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! (both you and Bly) What a fun challenge to write an alphabetic poem. Hmm...must go try...
May. 17th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mary Lee. Would love to see your alphabetic poem :)!
May. 18th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Too clever! I have come here a few times now (always tiptoed in and out without leaving a note), but always leave feeling I've had a treat. Thanks!

Violet (Book Brew (http://bookbrew.wordpress.com))
May. 18th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Welcome, Violet! Thanks for stopping in. Glad you liked the poem :).
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