THE POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM – POEM #11

Today we present a highly touted modern poet. In her collaboration with Dorianne Laux , Kim Addonizio joined forces to compile The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, a volume that focuses on the craft and process of writing poetry. Although she writes in all disciplines, Kim admits in her words that she returns to poetry “for the sense of deep discovery and communion I find there.” Discover her words in the  51st  ranked poem on our list.

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What Do Women Want?

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what’s underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty’s and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I’m the only
woman on earth and I can have my pick.
I want that red dress bad.
I want it to confirm
your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you
or anything except what
I want. When I find it, I’ll pull that garment
from its hanger like I’m choosing a body
to carry me into this world, through
the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I’ll wear it like bones, like skin,
it’ll be the G**d***ed
dress they bury me in.

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DO NOT FORGET DAY FOUR OF OUR CHALLENGE: TODAY’S TOPIC FOR FALL IS LEAVES.

PROMPT is listed AFTER this Reading Room entry.

DAY 4 – AUTUMNAL P.A.D. CHAPBOOK EXERCISE: LEAVES

Again with the leaves? But we aren’t talking colors, only the leaf itself. Simply write a leaf poem. Everything is fair game. Maybe your life as a leaf? A leaf’s job. A leaf causing problems. The playful properties of a leaf? Don’t leave any stone unturned.

MARIE’S GENTLE DESCENT:

When summer takes leave,
fall embellishes the views,
and cues winter’s eve.

© Marie Elena Good

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WALT’S BARE BRANCHES:

LEAVES

Some certainly envision
the splay of hues of leaves
and whatever else nature
holds for our viewing.
But, Autumn is brewing.
Making her entrance,
with a warm nuzzle;
a comfortable caress.
Leaves whisper hushed words
expressing what a heart
can feel. It is consuming,
yet not destructive,
soon in rapid decay,
leaves have seen
their last day; a last gasp.
All presented in the sad
rustle of leaves.

© Walter J Wojtanik, 2018