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Thursday, July 29, 2010

HEROES …?

For Big Tent Poetry


This week’s prompt
We all have heroes — icons whose greatness we aspire to,
whose larger-than-life personalities (or pretty faces) we are drawn to.
Fresh out of graduate school, filled with feminist fire, I wrote several poems re-imagining
the life and times of Barbie. (Denise Duhamel has an entire collection devoted to this blond bombshell.
You can check out Kinky
here). A few years later, never having seen an episode of “Leave It To Beaver,”
I nonetheless began channeling June Cleaver when married life didn’t turn out the way I imagined.
This week, start with a list of pop culture icons that interest you. Imagine one of them in a mundane setting:
Marilyn Monroe doing the dishes, Elvis mowing the lawn, Lady Gaga carpooling the kids to soccer practice.
Poem an icon into a situation they may never, in real life, appear.
Need some inspiration? Check out Tony Barnstone’s
The 167th Psalm of Elvis,
David Trinidad’s clever
Chatty Cathy Villanelle or Kate Durbin’s haunting prose poem
Marilyn: Leftovers, chronicling Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects.

I put a Rock ‘n’ Roll superstar
(take your pick)
to work in a factory


WORK SONG

Strange town
Longsight M13
What difference does it make?

Working 9 to 5
Money for nothing
A means to an end

The hardest thing in the world…

Something better change
I don’t like Mondays

Help!
I wanna be sedated

(Yeah, yeah) Industrial estate


Acknowledgements:

WORK SONG – Cannonball Adderly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBxAC4ywaJ4

Strange town – The Jam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4tEX8tm6qw

Longsight M13 – Ian Brown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV70kw7S7xQ

What difference does it make? – The Smiths
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5DE8UQnM5Y

Working 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpKAA2VxWY8

Money for nothing – Dire Straits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5ZEzWwKJnY

A means to an end – Joy Division
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPG_TCX2Z0k

The hardest thing in the world - The Stone Roses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLser2OWa74

Something better change – The Stranglers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSEOzimKnEY

I don’t like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er5uuCYi7q4

Help! – The Beatles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU7JjJJZi1Q

I wanna be sedated – The Ramones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rxJroWIg1Y

(Yeah, yeah) Industrial estate – The Fall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKECj238-Lo