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” – https://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

I Fully Intended It to Look Like a Slightly Crooked Penis

After my last blackout incident, I began to experiment. I’ve been searching for different ways to present my poem bits. Ripping the edges worked once, so I tried it again. This time, I was going for an eerily melty, slightly crooked penis look. It seems I got it, don’t you think?
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You’ve probably already guessed that I used recycled coffee filters as my canvas. The rest of my supplies included a small hammer, a very thin nail, a needle and some light green thread.

I wrote the expanded poem bit on the coffee filter, and tore the blackout’s edges to form the organ. Once the shape could be appreciated in all its crooked glory, I took the wee hammer and nail and punched two rows of crisscrossed holes all around it. Then came the stitching.

This was my first fully intentional project. I, of course, shall continue my crafty exploration. And only Fate (and a rather imaginative naughty Universe) knows what image we’ll get next.

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a (not so) wee note…
– Do I have to shout “April Fools’ Day?” I hope not. Still, my crafty organ and I have some serious explaining to do. Let me start by saying that the only April Fools element of this post is the title… more accurately, my claim to have intended to shape the blackout like a penis. The truth is that I worked on this piece in the middle of the night, while I was in lot of pain. I didn’t realize what the thing looked like until my Piano Man walked up to me and said, “Is that a penis?” Then completely horrified, he added, “And you are stitching it!” I stopped the needled, took a good look, and burst out laughing. I roared so hard I forgot about the pain.
– If you are thinking that Freud would have a field day with this piece, then we share similar thoughts… especially if you are cackling hysterically while thinking said thoughts. 😀