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Friday, November 12, 2010

POEM OF THE WEEK: Buildings, Landmarks, and Monuments

Another fantastic potluck this week with the theme of buildings, landmarks, and monuments. Thank you to all who shared their wonderful writing.

This week a poem entitled, "The Spotted Cat" by Giovanni Cucullo really captured my imagination. Inspired by his recent trip to New Orleans, the poem really resonates.

The Spotted Cat

by Giovanni Cucullo

‘Round midnight
in crystal silence
and dressed like a blue monk
Miles calls a tune
from the top, from the head
with lilted raspy creole
and indigo mood.
His inherited skin
from grandaddy slave
and fortress eyes
hang a tale through Jass.
Spotted, at the Five Spot
Cats unleash a quiet storm
notes climb and crawl up the side
of buildings but beautifully
winded, winding
reed-shooting ejaculations
as the horn sings
one of my favorite things
flying higher than the moon and
syncopated with a rat-a-tat.
Cooking with gasoline
and scrambled, like eggs.
Scaling a wall
of motifs and runs
and two-five-one’s.
Walking upright between raindrops.
and playing between the keys
as arpeggios slope down
a musical monument
to the stage, into
a 6-string hollow body.
Electric smoke-filled evening
of Bop and Blues
and cat-rhythm prancing,
dancing improv.

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The imagery is powerful and touches all the senses...you feel as if you are there, drinking in the blues. To read more of Giovanni's beautiful writings, please visit his blog, Giovanni Cucullo, Poetry and Pork Belly - the words behind the chef. You won't be disappointed!

Until next week, when Bill will have his choice of Poem of the Week, I wish you all a fabulous weekend and look forward to more stellar poetry next Potluck. Happy creating everyone!

Talon


11 comments:

Sumit Sarkar said...

This is really a very good poem :)
Superb use of the theme...
Really deserved to be the poem of the week..

Hello Kelly said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I can't wait to participate in this! I do weekly magpies, but that's not enough for me, sometimes. :)

Great idea you've got going here!

Jingle Poetry said...

Scaling a wall
of motifs and runs
and two-five-one’s.
Walking upright between raindrops.
and playing between the keys
as arpeggios slope down
a musical monument
to the stage, into
a 6-string hollow body...

he really write it with passion, thoughtfulness, and details...

super beautiful blues.
Brilliant poem,

and Brilliant choice, Talon.
Way to go.

Jingle.
xxx

Amias (ljm and liquidplastic) said...

an interesting poem.

Brown said...

Its very Kerouac, I love it. It flows perfectly in the stream it creates for itself.

Jingle Poetry said...

Sumit, Hello Kelly,
Amias, Brown, thanks for the lovely feedback..

Happy Sunday,
Hope to see you all at our potluck tonight.
Cheers.
xxx
Jingle

Giovanni said...

I must apologize for my absence, busy with a new project.

Thank you Talon and Jingle for this amazing spotlight...It truly is an honor. The work you do and the persistent inspiration you give to our community is a cherished gift. Thanks to everyone for the love and support.

Gio

R.S. Mallari (SpK) said...

Poetry at its best!

Anonymous said...

Giovanni Cucullo is awesome!
I Love his work.

Patrick said...

This reminds me of the beat poets like Kerouac and Ginsberg.
Very nice Giovanni!

Buddha3074 said...

Can feel the flavor of New Orleans with this poem, awesome!