Of “Coquette”, in Catechism for a Girl on Fire

I have a soft spot, in my wicked wild heart, for irrepressible souls. The same goes for words that show just what said souls are all about. Catechism for a Girl on Fire (don’t you just love that title?), by Shay Simmons, is filled with poems that celebrate the sort of uniqueness that makes the world a wondrous place to inhabit, to love… I found myself saying, “Oh!” a lot as I read Shay’s words. And when I got to “Coquette”, I fell in love.

I’m enchanted by the flirtatious title, the images the whole poem wraps around the mind. I love that the speaker makes a heart out of what others might discard, that she claims her Frankensteined treasure and invites another to love it… even if (to them) it might not look like much. And the ending, oh! the brilliance of that ending, how it leaves us to decide if the resulting nightmares will be bad or good. I’m going for freaking delicious.

You can delight in more of Shay Simmons’ poetry on her blog, Shay’s Word Garden. If you want to read a fantastic review of the entire book, fly over to Verse Escape. To get your own copy of this gem, follow follow this link to Amazon.

Searching for Balance

I’ve always loved wee bits that pack a punch (I wonder if that’s why I like haiku, senryū, and my friend Rommy so much…). Anyhoo, below I’ve shared a trio of senryū (or human haiku) that are based on the characters and setting of “The Darker Fringes”, my latest short story. If you read the story, would you mind letting me know if the poetic trio sounds like a micro review of it to you?

between blood and fire,
a woman at the crossroads—
walking in the dark

a man isn’t always
truth shining in the mirror—
bright murk is layered

darker and brighter,
reality kisses myth—
in search of balance

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for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Micro Poetry
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Poets United, Poetry Pantry 282

Searching for Balance
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