PPP&P spotlights recently published work from our sister journals at Sundress Publications: Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Stirring, and Wicked Alice. Much like the astrology practiced in Telangana in which a parrot is used to pick some cards as luck for the customer, Prasanna hopes her picks will bring luck (and inspiration) to our readers.
Pretty Owl Poetry
In “Room of Rind and Pith“, Grace Arenas waxes about the ‘room of discord’ and the beauty found in decay:
half-chewed and spat.
Room of weeks-gone bread
and rainfall, egg shell,
Choose a little glorified subject and wax poetic on its power.
In “The Sensorium of the Cyborg“, Laurin DeChae introduces ‘i’ the machine. Notice the tug between the familiar ‘I’ and the unfamiliar ‘i’.
where there is _______ i sees _______
now you see her, now, now,
i doesn’t want to be here.
i doesn’t want to be
but i was made to machine,
Redefine or introduce a conflicting doppelganger.
In “Timetable“, McKenzie Lynn Tozan talks of split second decisions that can mean experiences lost or g(r)ained.
I gazed at a tree
and knew if I didn’t start climbing,
I’d never get another chance.
Write of an instance where you ‘seized the moment’.
Alessandra Braya‘s “Rebirth” had me musing: How to render her line:
You flayed me and found a hummingbird perched as a
pendant amid my ribs,
Lean into a flight of imagination.
Andre Collard begins his “Elegy with a Red Wagon” with:
In floodwaters, the fire ants
of South Carolina will link their bodies
to form an island, floating
over drowning cars and streetlights
like a funeral.
This is such an evocative beginning, that I looked up this phenomenon. Now I am all ears for what the poem has to say.
Share a local phenomenon so the reader can vicariously travel.
In “J’aime La Règle Qui Corrige L’Émotion“, Michael Sandler‘s writing moves from
guise and form, billowing
to winged image then back to cloud
This perfectly matches the image which inspired this poem: George Braque ‘reviving wings’ in his illustrations.
Think Einstein’s love for music and physics and build a bridge between writing and a different art form. Contrast or draw a parallel.
Cassie Ciopryna provides a respite from the ordinary life with an astronomical statement in “That Would Be the Cure“:
meteors out of your skin onto mine
Put your telescopic ‘powers of 10’ lenses on to discover something anew.
In “I Lose Him Near the Lumber“, Amy Lee Heinlen shows both the highs and pitfalls of hazardous occupations in brief and simple language.
smell of potential
Write a poem with a tone contrary to the subject.
Feel free to reply and share your responses to Prasanna’s prompts in the comments!