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november poem-a-day, day 13

November 13, 2010

Day 13 in the November PAD Chapbook Challenge at Poetic Asides. Day 13. That explains it. The prompt was to use a question for the title and try to answer the question in the poem. Graciously, Robert said we could be a little vague. Um, yeah. My answers to the question are vague. I’m not sure I ever answer it. This one took me every which way except where I was trying to go.


  1. November 13, 2010 7:43 pm

    Love this one, especially the last stanza and these lines:
    “This is a classic myth:
    How the girl does not fit. She is too big for the chairs.
    She is too big for the bed. Her soup is always wrong.”

    • November 13, 2010 9:15 pm

      thanks, dave.

      i am grateful for that last stanza.

      i couldn’t figure out how to get myself out of this piece once i got in it. finally, i stumbled upon the fact that not only would what the narrator is leaving be getting smaller but also what the narrator is moving toward would be getting larger. seems obvious now, but phew!

  2. November 14, 2010 11:10 am

    It is good that “This one took me every which way except where I was trying to go” — the Duende carries you off.

  3. November 14, 2010 12:30 pm

    What they said. And the parts about words, in the third stanza. It is *all* distorted through time and space, and is therefore just as it seems, always at once.

    Makes my head spin in that good way.

  4. November 14, 2010 3:04 pm

    I like the ending – and the same lines Dave quoted in the first stanza. And I really like the way you weave the two stories (Goldilocks and Alice) effortlessly.

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