Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Poetically: past (Shelf) life

Nomad by James Posenquist

nomad ballet, olives in the spaghet-ay,
en-light-ening ideas, turned upside down
in living color, lost & found, picnic table
power pole or borne cross bill fold,
whatevers new must be best

oxygen
oxygen
un-cellophane
your mem-brain
pop't arts for breakfast

meatballs, microphone, speak you mind
before its gone, flat balloons, won't hold
air, grand jete', corner comb, runs thru
your hair, en pointe with no idea
blank page has an expiration date

oxygen
oxygen
un-cellophane
you mem-brain
pop't arts for breakfast

here, here
comes the sun
yeah,
oxygen

Haha. Grunge meets Pop Art, just for fun. Today, over at Friday Poetically we are writing based on the art of James Rosenquist and I just happened to be reading the journals of Kurt Cobain last night so I popped in a Nirvana CD and stared at the painting until this came out. Stylistically very different for me, but it hearkens back to garage band days.

58 comments:

Daniel said...

This makes me think of Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) lyrics. Kind of in the vain of "E-bow the Letter". Nice.

Pat Hatt said...

I was trying to figure out what it reminded me off as I read
Mem-brain is what made Nirvana pop into my head
Nice conjunction of the two
Yeah old out of date stuff might make you feel like you have the flu
But in 24hrs it supposedly fades
Still it's best to do trades
And make sure the expiry is more new
So you don't go turning blue

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such colorful art invites a rather hectic approach to poetry.. You captured the vibrant energy of this painting in your words. I especially loved the chorus - it gave it such a vibe.

Ed Pilolla said...

i love how the beatles, at least in my mind, come to the rescue at the end. the line here comes the sun is such a positive thing for so many of us who grew up listening to the beatles. happy friday, bro.

Brian Miller said...

cool song hit daniel....just went back and rewatched the vid on it...

Sue said...

And it WAS fun.

=D

David Allen Waters said...

brilliance my friend, pure brilliance...

cat said...

great attention to detail, and a mischievous patchwork quilt of collaged writing shaking up the imagery on the canvas even more so than it started, I really enjoyed dipping my toes in your mind and his (and his)

C Rose said...

If there was ever a way to bring that image into words you have done it. Great wordplay and a very musical feeling inspires through the read! Great write ~ Rose

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I can sit and search this picture all day. I love these. A little bit like therapy for me.

lori said...

Yeah, this made me smile. As soon as I hit, "spaghet-ay" I knew it would be a fun ride...and, it was. I think your description of grunge meeting Pop art is a perfect for this. And, Kurt Kobain, every time I hear his name, my stomach drops. What a tortured soul :( I can't imagine his journals are a fun read, but they must be interesting.

Enjoyed this!

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"pop't arts for breakfast..."

Hi! Brian...
After reading your poem I must say that your words compliment artist James Posenquist's painting "Nomad" quite...beautifully too!
Thanks, for sharing!
deedee ;-D

hedgewitch said...

Music is a great liberator of words, for me anyway. This is hot with images, brian, and they all fit into the fractured pic. I've been off in hippieland myself, so you'll half to forgive me for not playin today. Blame it on the Allmans.

happygirl said...

I want pop't arts for breakfast, too. Here comes the sun. :)

ayala said...

Nice fun write :)

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Holy coincidences, Batman!

I just posted my 55 and you won't believe the title, Brian!

(Great minds, as they say)

Mark Kerstetter said...

It's bright and jaunty, just like his art.

yellowhousecafe said...

Very cool, and unique one, Brian. I shall pop over to OSP and see if inspired. How ironic, you're the second "shelf life" post today.

Tracie Skarbo said...

This is brilliant! So many clever word plays...so glad I came to read! :)

Tabitha said...

ha..that was a great little play with words :)

Teri said...

Again, I find those "plays on words" like pop't art for breakfast. You could read it both ways (pop tart or pop't art). why not have art for breakfast? A little mise en place, literally! This kind of stuff is why I keep coming back and checking out your stuff. You always have a very unique take on what you see, what you say, what you feel. This I like about you.

Life@Cee said...
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Pat said...

I think you could write a poem about the phone book! No kidding!

Tina said...

Hey, that was me accidentally posting as my Best, the author who was borrowing my laptop this afternoon. So, as I was saying:
I love this! Especially what you did with the poptarts. They are a staple around here.
Tina @ Life is Good

Chris said...

Clever, and such a fun read. Love the rhythm of this piece, and the pop't arts - priceless!

JL Dodge said...

clever and full of fun Brian!
Enjoyable read !

Betsy said...

Very clever and fun! Love the beat!

emmettwheatfall.com said...

I agree with all. Man, love your work!

flaubert said...

Thanks for the journey, Brian.

Pamela

KB said...

I enjoyed this fun write.

Sean Vessey said...

Rock it Brian ! Let the music flow your words to the epicenter of life...

Margie said...

Fun, fun, fun!
Gosh, you have a way with words!
The very best of them!
This made me smile :)

Oh, I found a quote the other night which I think applies very much to you.
It's ...
The poet is a reporter interviewing his own heart.
-Christopher Marley


Margie :)

Barbara said...

Enjoyed that so much! Rosenquist's art tells visual stories....your talent is putting it in writing.

Happy Father's Day, Brian!

Maxine said...

I love the rhythm of this - gotta hear you read it live. Your blog is quite a discovery - thanks.

Heaven said...

Thanks for this fun post ~

I am amazed at what comes out of your pen.. each theme different for the week.

Henry Clemmons said...

Quick and clever as ever. Super words, detailed images and strung together with Timothy Leary yarn. I enjoyed it very much.

Christine said...

You had me at spaghet-ay. Nicely done.

Margaret said...

ha! ...and the musical version comes out when?

Henry Clemmons said...

And, oh yes, don't sir me :) Did I say I loved ur piece?
Thanks for faithful visit and kind comments on my pieces. But the sir ... lol

Victoria said...

OMG, Brian, this is amazing. I love the line of the refrain "pop't arts for breakfast." I'm loving the poetry you've induced by this prompt.

Steve E said...

Brian, you are a crazy poet/writer "Crazy"...as in "GENIUS".

I need air...oxygen...NOW!

Anna said...

You're really good at coming up with words like these "mem-brain", and "pop't arts". Very fun!

ds said...

"pop't arts for breakfast" love it!
Cool "grunge" poem--love the breaks in rhythm too.

lucychili said...

pop =)

Claudia said...

...un-cellophane
your mem-brain...was my fave here and i think this will be my new slogan when i want to encourage someone to think out of the box...you for sure do..

Valerie said...

Claudia beat me to it... no doubt un-cellophane will become part of my vocabulary.

Lorraine said...

I like it, something ate my previus comment, also pretty sure I'm past my expiry date, I was so sure it was ove rat 42, just goes to show a shell can live longer than we know, brilliant piece as always

the walking man said...

I suggest something a wee bit stronger but really one had best wrap their membrane these days.

Natasha said...

Long live the garage band days! When we wrote what we wanted to write with no regard to thoughts others might...have bout our words, my god so absurd, but you're a poet who knows it, so please keep sharing your rock and roll soul! (Welcome to my saturday morning mood!) Sorry I missed this one yesterday...I was at real estate school, let's talk inspiration! she smiles sarcastically.

barbara said...

Nifty.
Cross-pollination=hybrid vigor

haikulovesongs said...

i love Nirvana and i really love this poem. i was a little surprised at the ballet terms since you have two sons...

sorry i didn't have a chance to play yesterday.

Linda said...

I am not nearly clever enough to write things like this Brian, but I sure do like them. Smiles!!!

ladyfi said...

This was fun!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You know, Brian, I was thinking...you could be a mean rapper! You have all of the elements of one! :) Happy Father's day to you!

adeeyoyo said...

Super, quirky, light-hearted... love it!

Magpie said...

Well done, once again. Glad you had a good time creating. :)

Syd said...

Oxygen--not something that we can do without. Interesting and fun poem.

Haddock said...

So colourful and vibrant