There are penetrating, erudite discussions of poetry in other places on this net – but there will only ever be scruffy, dog-eared and raffish disquisitions on the subject here. That’s a guarantee.
Especially for anyone groping for aspirin in the early hours of 1 January 2009 with screaming eyeballs and a thunderous head, this site offers, with a heartfelt . . .
====== H A P P Y – N E W – Y E A R ======
. . . a most unusual artefact. It’s a collaborative poem – complete with incisive critical feedback – that some of us wrote last year, as January blurred into February. However bad you feel when you start reading it, let me assure you that you will feel far worse when you get to the end.
This post is also a tribute to the capering, Carrollian, quicksilver wit and spirit of cynicalsteve, one of the collaborators, whom many of us dearly loved – and lost last August. More than anything, he wanted to bring us surprises, delight and mirth. He was revolted by any hint of the maudlin. So that’s all I’m going to say about him, as I leave you to –-
The Mirage of Minds
Let us to the mirage of two minds admit no clarifier;
To the massage of two miners, admit no peppermint.
It’s no skin off my nose if you admit mirrors to Claridges,
Or stuff yourself silly with part-chouli-scented porridges.
For many’s the tome writ, mind moving on drunk paralitic,
By folks pulling off an ‘artist of the floating world’ shtick . . .
[a.k.a. @3p4 in late December, 2008]
04 Feb 08, 7:17am
Guardian Feb 3rd,the drunken thread,,you people* gonna have a bad hungover,,
No, dropin, I was only caffeinated, really. . . . You can see how that miracle in verse was put together here. Future scholars of the blogosphere, please note: one or two bloggers tried to write long conclusions by themselves – but something not quite definable was lost in the transition from collective to individual genius. . . . All new attempts at completion are welcome.
* [ ‘you people’: line 1 – @MeltonMowbray + @wordnerd7; 2 – @misharialadwani; 3 – @cynicalsteve; 4 – @wordnerd7; 5 – @PracticingArtist (DesmondSwords); 6 – @wordnerd7 ]