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URBAN POETRY... Some thoughts, some poems... - Cyndi MacMillan's Blog

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Cyndi MacMillan's current projects include three children's book series. Her "life as a writer' blogs can be read at  https://cyndimacmillan.wordpress.com/  Three of her poems have been published in Room magazine, issue 49.4, This Body's Maps, https://roommagazine.com/issues/bodys-map  Two poems have been published in the Prairie Journal ( Issue 67)http://www.prairiejournal.org/subscribe.html   Other poems can be found in Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields http://www.grainmagazine.ca/424  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2016, the Unformed issue  http://www.centrifugaleye.com/ . She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and thirteen of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, has been published by the Windsor Review  https://view.joomag.com/windsor-review/0830468001484586649 . She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers while writing chapter books and early middle readers.

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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URBAN POETRY... Some thoughts, some poems...


Blog Posted:12/19/2013 8:36:00 PM

You know, I think that Victor Hugo's Les Miserables is an urban tale, would make a good urban poem

Think about it, it's a story about people within a city, real people, suffering, struggling

About as real as you can get

Urban poetry does not necessarily have to be about a place, but about people in that place, their emotions, their lives, the weight and fullness of their existence


Smoke and Steel (an excerpt )

By Carl Sandburg


A bar of steel it is only

Smoke at the heart of it, smoke and the blood of a man.

A runner of fire ran in it, ran out, ran somewhere else,

And left smoke and the blood of a man

And the finished steel, chilled and blue

o fire runs in, runs out, runs somewhere else again,

And the bar of steel is a gun, a wheel, a nail, a shovel,

A rudder under the sea, a steering-gear in the sky;

And always dark in the heart and through it,

Smoke and the blood of a man.

Pittsburg, Youngstown, Gary they make their steel with men.

In the blood of men and the ink of chimneys

The smoke nights write their oaths? 

Smoke into steel and blood into steel


Homestead, Braddock, Birmingham, they make their steel with men.

Smoke and blood is the mix of steel.

The birdmen drone

in the blue; it is steel

a motor sings and zooms.



Give me the Splendid, Silent Sun (excerpt)

By Walt Whitman

Keep your splendid, silent sun;

Keep your woods, O Nature, and the quiet places by the woods;

Keep your fields of cpoems/love'>lover and timothy, and your corn-fields and orchards;

Keep the blossoming buckwheat fields, where the Ninth-month bees hum;

Give me faces and streets! give me these phantoms incessant and endless along the trottoirs!

Give me interminable eyes! give me women! give me comrades and lovers by the thousand!

Let me see new ones every day! let me hold new ones by the hand every day!

Give me such shows! give me the streets of Manhattan!

Give me Broadway, with the soldiers marching?give me the sound of the trumpets and drums

(The soldiers in companies or regiments some, starting away, flush'd and reckless;

Some, their time up, returning, with thinn'd ranks young, yet very old, worn, marching, noticing nothing;)'

Give me the shores and the wharves heavy-fringed with the black ships!

O such for me! O an intense life! O full to repletion, and varied!

The life of the theatre, bar-room, huge hotel, for me!

The saloon of the steamer! the crowded excursion for me! the torch-light procession!

The dense brigade, bound for the war, with high piled military wagons following;

People, endless, streaming, with strong voices, passions, pageants;

Manhattan streets, with their powerful throbs, with the beating drums, as now;

The endless and noisy chorus, the rustle and clank of muskets, (even the sight of the wounded;)

Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus with varied chorus, and light of the sparkling eyes

Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me.


Birthplace Revisited

By Gregory Corso


I stand in the dark light in the dark

street

and look up at my window, I was

born there.

The lights are on; other people are

moving about.

I am with raincoat; cigarette in

mouth,

hat??? over eye, hand on gat.

I cross the street and enter the

building.

The garbage cans haven't stopped

smelling.

I walk up the first flight; Dirty Ears

aims a knife at me?

I pump him full of lost watches.


Pity the Nation

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


Pity the nation whose people are sheep,

and whose shepherds mislead them.

Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,

and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice,

except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero

and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.

Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own

and no other culture but its own.

Pity the nation whose breath is money

and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.

Pity the nation oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode

and their freedoms to be washed away.

My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty


Alone

By Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 Edgar Allan Poe


From childhood's hour I have not been

As others were I have not seen

As others saw I could not bring?? 

My?? passions from a common spring

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone

And all I lov'd I lov'd alone

Then in my childhood in the dawn

Of a most stormy life was drawn

From ev'ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still

From the torrent, or the fountain

From the red cliff of the mountain

From the sun that 'round me roll'd

In its autumn tint of gold

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass'd me flying by

From the thunder, and the storm

And the cloud that took the form

When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view



Sorry Soupers for being absent, I'm SICK YET AGAIN


Since my daughter started kindergarten, my house has been under attack from every new bug in the area


This one comes with a cough, headache from hell, high fever


Merry coughcoughcough Christmas!!!!


I am totally depleted

Good and night



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