Protest and Outrage: Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2017

Are you ready to protest darkly and bare your poetry in outrage? Good, because I’m ready to delight in your poetic fist shaking (and share my own).

Welcome to Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month. As explained on this year’s announcement post, “the phrase ‘protest and outrage’ might nudge our minds towards socio-political thought, but this event is not about politics” (unless that’s what your muse wants). Your dark poetry should explore any topic that rattles your heart’s cage. Let your art show us what you feel.

To participate, leave a comment with the title of your poem and a direct link to your entry. Just like this: “Ugly Is Manmade” – http://magalyguerrero.com/. I shall add the name to the Darkly Outraged Poets list (at the end of the post), as they come in.

The (somewhat) Boring (but necessary) Wee Notes…
1. You can post a new poem every day of the party (I reserve the right to delete links to poems that fail to meet our deliciously dark protest and outraged theme).
2. Be respectful with your poetry and your comments. This doesn’t mean that your tone can’t be fiery. Just keep in mind that this is a civil poetic exchange, not a brawl.
3. Visit other outraged poets. Read deeply. Comment with heart… and brain. Have a blast.

Darkly Outraged Poets
Day 1
1. Sanaa – “Untitled (when words crumble and fade)
2. Magaly Guerrero – “Ugly Is Manmade
3. Esther – “We Mouthless
4. Gina – “ Ode to Passive Aggressive Liberalism
5. Groovy Gothic – “Fast Fashion
6. Susie – “Muted
7. Ashtoreth – “Forest for the Trees
8. Rommy – “Photogenic Pain
9. Sharon – “Small Comfort
10. Jane K – “Storms in my head

Day 2

11. Rosemary Nissen-Wade – “Sedated
12. Khaya Ronkainen – “Not Yours to Sell
13. SunshineShelle – “If I had a gun I’d shoot them”… RIP Grandma Mac… who (thankfully) never carried a gun.
14. Jane K – “The war within myself
15. VCondez – “Demon Wavelength

Day 3
16. Sanaa – “Untitled (the thread of life)
17. Rosemary Nissen-Wade – “Planet Icarus
18. Magaly Guerrero – “You Will Rot
19. Rasz – untitled

Day 4
20. SunshineShelle – “ORANGE ALERT!!! Hide your pussys…
21. Rosemary Nissen-Wade – “Reason for Shrieking?

Day 5
22. Rosemary Nissen-Wade – “My Anzac Day
23. Magaly Guerrero – “All Life (and Death) Is a Circle
24. Sanaa – “Spring Moon
25. Ashtoreth – “Beyond Rappaccini

Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2017

“April is the cruellest month”, T.S. Eliot said. His dark pronouncement was quite correct, methinks. So, on April 21st, 2017, we get to echo his sentiment by crafting some dark and cruellest poetry of our own. And since we are irrepressible word-rioters, let’s spice things up with Percy Shelley, and remind society that “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” (or, at least, the self-proclaimed activists of their nations). Yes, I’m inviting you to join me on a long weekend of deliciously dark poetry of Protest and Outrage.

Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month: Protest and Outrage is open to any person (with a blog or public virtual platform) who enjoys writing, sharing and reading dark poetry.

The phrase “protest and outrage” might nudge our minds towards socio-political thought, but this event is not about politics. Your dark protest can explore road rage, the weather, pain that refuses to let your body bend in the way you want it to, and yes, it can also be inspired by any social mayhem that might be getting on your last nerve. Let’s protest darkly and bare our poems in outrage. And let’s have a blast while we do it.

Please know that this is not only for people who have claimed words as their artistic weapon of choice. If you paint, protest on canvas and craft a poem to go with it. If you garden, show your outrage through a poem birthed out of plants and soil. If you are a dragon rider, well… if that’s your case, I hope your poem is full of fire, claws and teeth.

To participate, leave me a comment that includes your blog’s name and URL. If you are not a blogger, but wish to join the poetic fun via a social media platform, then leave me a comment with the name you use in said platform and the direct link to your profile.

Example for blog and website users:
– Magaly Guerrero
http://magalyguerrero.com/

Example for Instagram users:
– @MagalyGuerreroInDarkerWords
https://www.instagram.com/magalyguerreroindarkerwords/

Example for Facebook users:
– Magaly Guerrero
https://www.facebook.com/MGuerrero13

I’ll update the Darkly Outraged Participants list (see end of post) as the names come in.

Rules and Stuff
1
. The party starts on April 21st (9:13am EDT) and ends on April 25th (11:59pm).
2. You can post a new poem every day of the party (I reserve the right to delete links to poems that fail to meet our deliciously dark protest and outraged theme).
3. Be respectful with your poetry and your comments. This doesn’t mean that your tone can’t be fiery. Just keep in mind that this is a civil poetic exchange, not a brawl.

On the first day of the party, April 21st, I will publish a post to house our links. The post will stay on top until the 25th (lucky post *cackles*).

Also, the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads will be hosting its April Prompt-a-Day Challenge. I will be the host for April 3rd, 9th and 21st. Our Rommy will host on the 15th and 28th. The more the merrier, so stop by if the poetic mood hits your muse. 😉

Ready to Protest darkly and be poetically Outrage(d)? I am. So is the lady below.
Grab the banner. Spread the word. Poetize darkly.

Darkly Outraged Poets
1. Magaly Guerrero
2. Groovy Gothic (IG)
3. Rasz Art Designs
4. The Passionate Crone (poetry)
5. Daydream Believer
6. Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove
7. Khaya Ronkainen
8. Vanessa Condez (IG)
9. Helen Patrice
10. Ashtoreth Eldritch
11. SunshineShelle
12. A Dash of Sunny
13. Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
14. Pen and Feather

When Minds and Hearts Bare Teeth Together… Freedom Speaks

I chose to write about Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”, narrated by Neil Gaiman, on a desperate whim. I saw that my friend Debra, She Who Seeks, had joined Speakeasy and Silver Screenings in their O Canada! Blogathon, and I decided to jump in too. North America is being torn apart from the inside… connecting with my Canadian neighbors, in any sort of celebration, felt right.

My first pick was Lullabies for Little Criminals, by Heather O’Neill, then I realized that the event celebrates films… not books. Bursting with embarrassment—I’m always complaining about how people never truly read on the web—I rushed to choose something else before anyone could get blinded by the horror flashing out of my blush.

I said to me, “Well, Magaly Love (yes, I call myself Love), you adore Neil Gaiman’s narration, Amanda Palmer is a piano goddess, your bones believe in democracy, and since you know very little about Leonard Cohen (shame on me) here is your opportunity to learn.”

I felt so clever, so proud of myself for having chosen “Democracy”. But right now, when I’m in tears and brokenhearted (after having watched a Mexican-born American reporter being told “Get out of my country” by another American, after learning that one of my friends might not be able to get back into the only home he has left, after listening to Leonard Cohen sing:

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate

I don’t feel very clever, just hurt and upset. Then I watched the short-animated film again, and welcomed the words of a Canadian soul—through the voice, music, painting, animation… of men and women from around the world. I let the bleeding cracks be soothed by Cohen’s words:

Democracy is coming to the USA
It’s coming from the sorrow in the street
The holy places where the races meet
From the homicidal bitchin’

It’s coming through a crack in the wall

I can’t really tell you if (or how) Cohen’s words, his song turned film… shaped (or will shape) cinema and TV. But… today, the promise in his vision kept one soul from losing its shape. It reminded me that when minds and hearts bare teeth together… freedom speaks. It even sings.

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a wee note…

– This post is part of the O Canada! Blogathon 2017 hosted by Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy. Follow the link to see what everyone else is viewing. And speak freely.

borrowed from Neil Gaiman’s Journal