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July 10th, 2008
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I myself have no talent for writing and I find it very hard work. As a result of this I have the greatest awe for people who can and do write, and even more admiration for those who have the guts to make writing their profession. Elizabeth Barrette, aka ysabetwordsmith is doing this.

One of the things she does regularly is hold online poetry improv sessions she calls Fishbowls, in which she asks for thematic prompts from her audience. This time one of the things she asked for was scenic places. I offered Rotoiti (20/05/08) and Kaikoura (24/05/08). She chose Kaikoura, and here's the result.

 

 

The Beaches of Kaikoura

Walking the beaches of Kaikoura,
you can see where the island
folds her hands over her waist:
faultlines interlaced like fingers,
the knuckles of her mountains
gnarled as an old woman’s.

Out there, unseen but meaningful,
cold water wells up from the ocean.
Fish follow it, with whales and dolphins
following the fish. At low tide,
seals stretch themselves
along the pebbled shore.

Overhead, long white clouds
arrange themselves in rolls.
There are languages lost in the hollows
of this land, like tufts of fur
caught in rough bark.
This place plucks at you that way.

The people come and go.
Only the mountains remain,
their intricately knitted chains
embracing cold clear tides,
against which all our urgency is
no more than the scuttling of crayfish. 


                                                Elizabeth Barrette

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From:wcg
Date:July 10th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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That's beautiful. Maybe you two could make a poster using the poem superimposed on the picture? I bet you could sell a few of them.
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From:ysabetwordsmith
Date:July 10th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)

Good idea!

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I'd be in favor of that.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 10th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)

Re: Good idea!

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I'm open to the idea. Maybe not with this format of the picture. The poem is long and quite upright - almost the exact opposite aspect ratio to the picture - but I have the originals, and will have a play over the weekend.
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From:ysabetwordsmith
Date:July 10th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Good idea!

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Sorry the shaping doesn't match. I can match a poem to a specific picture's framing, if I think of doing that. Anyhow, please let me know if you come up with a combined image; that would be cool.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 10th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Good idea!

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You have nothing to be sorry about - you weren't writing with that in mind. I'll definitely let you know what I come up with.
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From:ysabetwordsmith
Date:July 10th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)

Thank you...

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... for the kind words and the networking assist.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:July 10th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
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awesome
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From:keza_hon
Date:July 11th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)

Ahh Kaiks, foreva in my heart.

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Just come back from there this morning :D Beautiful. Really.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 11th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)

Re: Ahh Kaiks, foreva in my heart.

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Keri! Long time no squeak,luv.
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