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In the meantime… [poem: famous raincoat]

April 22, 2011

I’m back on crutches for a few days and just beginning to fine-tune some new pieces I hope to share with you soon. In the meantime, here’s an older poem for this Thursday Poets Rally. It’s not one of my best, but to me the imagery is both dark and colorful, so I enjoy reading it. Be sure to check out the clip of me reading this piece at the Kalispell Get Poetry Open Mic last week.

Speaking of reading, for those who are local and still free tonight, I’ll be participating in a special reading event in Whitefish. The reading is part of a fundraiser for The Whitefish Review, a locally published literary journal. Come join us from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake for some music and spoken word! All tips from the first two hours will be used to help publish the next issue of The Review.

Also, I gratefully accept the Perfect Poet Award for the last Thursday Poets Rally. I nominate for this award.

Perfect Poet Award

famous raincoat

There is a madness about him
as he stands on the corner after the rain
reflected in the black, wet pavement
that curls beneath his highly polished shoes

He’s one who devours beauty
kills it, eats it
and spits it out like a well-chewed plug of tobacco
dirty and abused, sodden with his saliva

He has a taste for power
and fine French wine
for rich colors
especially green and cream

His hands are powerful
they create
create is a word synonymous with manipulate in his mind
His hands have the power
to create melodies
but his heart is incapable of filling in harmonies
like a gown heaped on the floor
with no body to fit it

And there is an edge about him
as he stands alone on the corner after the rain
reflected in the black, wet pavement
that curls beneath his highly polished shoes
shoes speckled with mud

—Julie Laing
© 1999

You can hear me read this poem at the Kalispell Get Poetry Open Mic, thanks to the work of Mat Lee and The Jamhole. My reading starts around minute 3, but be sure to check out some of the other fabulous poets who were at this event. My other poems in this reading are “Longing at The Boiler Room” and “The Game.”

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Victoria permalink
    April 26, 2011 9:09 pm

    I like many of the images here, especially the idea of hands able to make melodies and a heat unable to create harmony – strong contrast.


  2. April 25, 2011 11:34 pm

    Well written and well read.

    Hope you get off the crutches soon.

    Congrats on the award.

    Poem on …


  3. April 25, 2011 10:48 am

    Great imagination! A lot of hidden meaning one can find in this… Nice work 😉


  4. April 25, 2011 7:16 am

    Very interesting. Loved the dark imagery!


  5. April 24, 2011 3:02 am

    A great character poem. I feel sorry for your man in his raincoat – he is so alive and real with so few words.


  6. April 23, 2011 5:23 am

    Great imagery…enjoyable read.


  7. April 23, 2011 4:11 am

    I can see why you told reciting the poem is as important to the poetry process! It is quite beautiful to hear it and with just the right tone, one can feel the poem as you meant to write it I think..! Beautiful.

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  8. April 22, 2011 7:10 pm

    Very discriptive! Enjoyed the read!


  9. April 22, 2011 6:09 pm

    I can trust your work,
    the way you capture your character, is unique and cool.

    thanks for the acceptance and nomination,
    well done.

    Happy Rally.


    • April 24, 2011 12:24 pm

      Thanks, Jingle! I always appreciate your feedback and all the hard work you put into gathering us together. Cheers!


  10. April 22, 2011 5:46 pm

    There’s a greatness about this poem. The description of the powerful man is silently told, yet chilling.


  11. April 22, 2011 4:43 pm

    Harsh but in a soft way. Nicely done.

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