Thursday, January 05, 2012

New Poetry by Stuart Barnes










Villanelle

on reading 'One Art', 'Mad Girl's Love Song',
and 'Do not go gentle into that good night'


So, how to start? Like Bishop, Plath, or Thomas,
arguing the colon, fidgeting with parentheses,
shadowing decasyllabics? This is a song

(of neither loss, nor madness, nor death)
of the bird returning to whit the song itself. So,
so, how to start? Like Bishop, Plath, or Thomas,

summoning that wonderland, projecting megalo-
mania, blowing unstoppable bottles of whisky,
shadowing decasyllabics? This is a song

of the bird returning to whit the song itself,
of repudiating cities, moon and anger.
So, how to start? Like Bishop? Plath? Or Thomas?

Hell no! Discard the cells’ nostalgia! Constrict
the GOD-delusions! Clarify the Scotch and the
shadowing decasyllabics! This is a song

of the bird returning to whit the song itself. Oh!
but the white-eyed bird’s forgotten what to whit!
so, how to start? Like Bishop? Plath? Or Thomas,

shadowing decasyllabics? This is a song  


- Stuart Barnes 2012


Stuart Barnes is slowly arranging the manuscript for his first book of poetry, and writing his first novel. He lives in Melbourne.

3 comments:

theundersizedshadow said...

Your spinning vigour, which to dissect later or not (I will), is enough.

The Jobless Ideator said...

I really envy you. I wish I could write poetry with the same sensitivity and depth of knowledge. I admire the the passion behind all your attempts.

Do drop in to weareideating.wordpress.com
for my ramblings and comment on what you think. Am adding this blog to my reading list. Thanks again :)

Yours Joblessly,
The Jobless Ideator

(I will send you an invite from the blog-facebook page. Am the same person as Priestess! )

stu said...

thank you, undersized shadow & jobless ideator! shall reply in more detail via farcebook :D