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    Avant-Garde Poetry Contest 2

    Back by popular demand, it's the second iteration of the Avant-Garde Poetry Contest.

    First thing you'll notice is that I'm neither Qimissung or HCabret - this isn't a coup d'etat, I'm just helping out as the latter doesn't seem to be around much and the former is rather over-worked!

    There have been a few questions in the other thread about what exactly is meant by 'avant-garde' - I myself sought qualification. According to the OED, the 'avant-garde' are the 'pioneers or innovators in any art in a particular period' - so the challenge here is to be exciting, different and experimental with your poetry. Go on, live a little and be radical!

    In the last thread some people also requested a theme for the contest. In view of the experimental nature of the thing, I don't want to stifle anybody - so let's say the theme of this contest is 'Communities and Individuals', which you can interpret as broadly as you like.

    Let's have a notional deadline of the 25 June - two weeks from tomorrow.

    Post away, you lovely creative types!
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Individuals Avant-garding the Community

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    I thought that I would never see
    Avant-garde ****ing poetry.

    Mary had a little bard
    Who when he went went avant-garde.

    2

    And that's when Alice wanted to know when
    I was going to grow up and she apologized
    for giving me the arsenic even though it was
    only imaginary arsenic and then she started
    crying because she wasn't real any more than
    that arsenic and that's why she acted the way
    she did and I told her 'It's OK' because what
    else was I going to say and then I told her that
    even atoms were almost all empty space, nothing
    there, and she said, 'Really?' and I said 'Sure'
    and then she wanted to know about that tiny stuff
    in the middle of the atom and she started to cry
    again and I had to tell her that when that stuff
    was a wave of potentiality it wasn't there any
    more than she was and she said, 'Really?' and
    I had to think because I didn't want to lie to
    her and I didn't want her to start crying again
    and as far as I could tell she was more real
    than any old atom was and so I said 'Sure'.
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    In a Group of Angels, One Devil

    It takes a village to raise a child
    But only one villain to destroy life
    Families can blend and extend their borders
    But a black sheep will inevitably show
    Famous families have infamous members
    Some change their names to avoid the stigma
    The poorest of the poor have individuals that even they cannot harbor
    Every barrel of apples has at least one rotten
    So fix it, forget it, or fake your way through things
    Lest a battle be lost for want of a horseshoe nail

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    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    Two excellent entries so far!

    ...but let's keep them coming! Nine days to go until the deadline.
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Jis anuvva summah evenin’

    Dere’s now Lue come a-walkin
    down da street in’er torn leggin’s
    all wobbly an’ bloody dumb b itch in’t she
    oar block’s bloatedest ratchet an’
    dressed up likuh reel thot she is
    eyes locked on’er Blackberry
    cuz that Jer ‘my-bloke with the like hugest nob in town
    jis’ texted and told’er ‘Mirin ya for edges,
    care for a kiss bae lass?’
    And Lue she thinkin’, ‘Jeez a kiss,
    oh yeah BFD!’ And she textin’ back,
    ‘F uck you hashtag SWAG’,
    and then she steppin’ in some
    reel dogs hit an’ screamin’
    an’ the pusswat from next door
    yellin’ outta window ‘Oy, piss o’’, y’ugly b itch!’
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    Things are going very well - another two great entries, bringing our total up to four now! For anyone else who wants to take part, there's still another two days - so get writing!
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Bernstein’s Dysraphism Dissipated

    Condominium conceals carnage - clowns
    brought the slaughter home. Traced
    by fairies, hacked by anchorites,
    the nightmare tree hops over three hops, two
    hops, then flops. “In those days you could whisper
    and still be expressive.” Silently
    the sandy soil is slapped, the sorrows rebranded.
    A fleet of fairies, forever remarrying.
    Fighting men know what the show folks don’t,
    how to win the war without making a show.
    Last edited by mal4mac; 06-23-2014 at 10:31 AM.

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    Some help with hard words going in (how avant-garde is that!):

    pill - a tedious or unpleasant person.
    Dyfed - Welsh county.

    Dyfed Rock Festival Encountered by Accident

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of drunken Dyfed pills;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the slime that shines
    And twinkles on the dirty docks,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    Dylan Thomas would be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
    What damage to me all this had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bane of solitude;
    And then my heart with horror fills,
    And dances with the Dyfed pills.
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    Excellent stuff, Mal!

    As a point of order, though, in the last contest Qimi had a one-poem-per-entrant rule for the contest, and I think we probably ought to stick with that rule. By all means leave your poems up here (I'm happy to give my thoughts on all of them when the contest ends), but would you care to nominate one of them to be your 'official' entry for the purposes of deciding the winner?
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Junk:

    Junkyard. White light,
    moon-light. You
    drag string
    across the depths.

    Recaptured. The dominant
    force is exhalation.
    That of tense,
    oblivious gods

    lasting
    through waves
    like pistols. Borne
    efficiently into quiet houses.

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    Rules.
    Were meant to be broken.

    ??Choosing??

    Boo. Hiss. Call the security guards. Kick the drunk off stage.

    Nice hat!

    Compliments don't work on me mate, it's a cold bath for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mal4mac View Post
    Compliments don't work on me mate, it's a cold bath for you.
    I don't know you well enough so I have to ask…you're joking, right?
    Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    failure to ornate societies's waste

    individualism
    inspects
    life
    with a hygiene mask
    and it becomes a task
    the importance
    is to be seen
    pass and above
    the norms
    to a power crawl
    the conduct of the small
    the laws applicate to suffocate
    and the rest syndicate
    to erradicate
    abdicate
    expectations fall
    and the basics
    spoil
    and you and I toil
    failure a score
    democracy is a bore,
    society
    compacts
    to run
    it is
    a matriarch
    there is no cermony without
    a patriarch
    let's run it with a mark
    no need to bark.
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    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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