Category: Real-Life Reviews

“Catholic Pickup Lines” beat out by “Walking with the Potter”

Real-Life Review: Bonjourpoetry September

Distractions:  A lot going on this month, It’s been much harder to find time to write.  Hopefully I’ll find a good groove for October.

Here’s my picks fro the top 5 poems from September in the order that I ranked them.  What do you think? Did I mess up the ranking, or do you agree with me?  Leave a comment below.

1.  Walking with the potter

2.  Catholic Pickup Lines

3.  Sum thyme’s I’m Ache Thai pose

4.  Grilled Cheese Vs. Taco

5.  A quick clothing check as we sit stand and kneel

Real-Life Review: Bonjourpoetry August

Real-Life Review: Bonjourpoetry August

Wow, I’ve been doing this for a couple of months now… Crazy.  I’m glad to have you here reading this.  If you’re just joining us, be sure and check out poems from July as well.

Here’s 5 poems of interest from August (listed in posting order).  Let me know if you think I should have included something else.

Imagining Manna

Rainbow or Chocolate Sprinkles

On Planting Dandelions

Me and My Spaghetti

Throwing out Memories

Here’s a list of all the poems from August to help you remember your favorites.

A Newborn’s Bodily Functions
Clean Teeth Craving
Stuck in a Stare Part 2
Stuck in a Stare
Throwing out Memories
Facebook Poem
Do I Drive-Thru?
Tempted by Raining BMWs
Some sum up an um
Me and My Spaghetti
Changing my Routine
This Parent Rocks
Scraping the Jelly Jar
Blinking at the Naysayers
Happy Birthday too
On Planting Dandelions
Beh-duh Growing Up Soon
On the Way to the Well
The Internet Door
Mass Interruption and Tradition
Urinal Surprise
My Overwhelming Basement
Jesus and Cornflakes
Heaven-Scent Steubenville
An Early morning Hour
Opening Doors
Imagining Manna
Rainbow or Chocolate Sprinkles

Real-Life Review: Bonjourpoetry July

BONJOUR RATING: 56 (16 out of 29) (I love this completely arbitrary rating.)

Here’s my top 5 poems from July.  This is of course subject to change as the wind blows, but this is what I picked this morning.  I’d be curious to hear what you liked?  Is there one poem that really stands out?  Let me know about it.  I’ll be posting a new poem later today.
5 poems of interest from July (listed in posting order)

A “How ya doin’?”
Bird Poop Window
Defining Normal: Advice to a Newly Married Couple
The Distraction of Blogs
Ninja Abs

Here’s a list of all the poems published in July.
*In Decisions
*The Opera Tonight
The Fall of the Gladiator Hand
*A “How ya doin’?
*Joys of Parenthood
Awkward Family Photos
*The Distraction of Blogs
*Bird Poop Rainbow
The Bearded Food-Fighter Talking Snack
Japanese Beetles Sucked
*Defining Normal: Advice to a Newly Married Couple
*This vehicle will truly get me far
Newsprint vs. The iphone
*Encouraging Ventriloquism
When Memories Stay In-Line
Turn-Around Time
*Reader’s Interaction
*Depressed Lawn
*Potential-Rain Delay
Count to Twelve
Digital Photo Etiquette
*Spiritual Communion
A Classic Dinner
*Vending Machine
*Ninja Abs
Mall Walk
*Elevator Ride
Toilet Paper Roll
Before My Children Get up

Real-Life Review: Interrogations at Noon

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BONJOUR RATING: 33 (12 out of 37)

DISTRACTIONS: Reading in the dark while trying to get kids to sleep

“The world does not need words.” Is the first sentence of the first line of the first poem in this collection.  I’m a sucker for a good poem about the craft of words since I love them so much.  I was immediately intrigued and ignored my children for a moment, allowing myself to enjoy reading poems again.

Failure would soon follow though.  No, I mean literally, a couple pages later Dana Gioana introduces us to Failure.   This poem calls you and your children failures but pulls it off without being too self-deprecating by introducing the failure of failing.  A successfully-written complication.

I soon found myself reading in a darkly lit room saying shush to my children every couple of minutes.   That might explain why not much could measure up to failure until page 51 when I joined a former loving couple at a table for some conversation about one of them being engaged.  I find a love triangle as The Corner Table is immediately joined by two more “love” poems and finish up the book finding poems of interest on about every other page.

Curriculum vitae was also nestled in these pages with a beautiful simplicity that can only be contained in a six-line poem that requires more words to complement it than it required of itself when it was originally written.

Poems of Interest
At the Water Front Café
Curriculum Vitae
Corner Table
Long Distance
My Dead Lover
Homage to Valerio Magrelli : V.
For Sale
Summer Storm

Additional Links of Note:

Dana Gioia

Graywolf Press