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
26.

Ugly Is Manmade

Society takes her tea with a pinch of blood, tears and unnecessary hurt. She sits in my kitchen expecting libations squeezed from flesh and spirit her goons label unworthy—too fat, too different, not tall enough, too old, too woke, too human, too unlike her hand-twisted puppets.

ugly is manmade,
the filthiest of constructs,
a poison that rots

Society’s tea cup is overflowing with teeth and broken expectations. My kicking boot is scuffed.
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the wee notes…
– This is not the first poem I wrote for this year’s Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month. When I first thought of the topic, I intended to Protest and be Outraged about healthcare and similar issues. I even wrote the poems (I’ll share them, eventually). But yesterday, someone close to my heart told me that she felt fat, and uncomfortable with her looks. She is a beautiful woman and a brilliant soul… Her pain leaves me wanting to kick society’s ideas of beauty in the freaking jaw.
– Linked to Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry, 350.


This is a closeup of a painting by Shelle Kennedy;

to see the original piece, in full color, visit Shelle’s blog.

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. The Cheesesellers Wife
14. Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
15. Pen and Feather
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