Whirling with Galway

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Each of the following haiku begins with a line purloined from “The Correspondence-School Instructor Says Goodbye to His Poetry Students” by the American poet Galway Kinnell, who died on 28 October.

~~ 1 ~~
clinical sonnets—
jaded women read aloud
from glowing Kindles
~~ 2 ~~
sending back to you
the smug, self-satisfied look
you gave me last night
~~ 3 ~~
trying to guess which
way the Holy One went when
he fled Birkenau
~~ 4 ~~
In the mildest words
lurks a cold, grey rain aimed at
sundering lovers.
~~ 5 ~~
snapshots of yourself
standing on the battlements
of the Alamo
~~ 6 ~~
to the sagging breast
even high-noon sun seems cold
on the nudist beach
~~ 7 ~~
neat-scripted letters
in a pornographic tongue—
time to slash and burn

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #225
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 185

Posted on November 2, 2014, in 5-7-5, Galway Kinnell, The Poetry Pantry, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Well I don’t think I could have come up with no 2. I laughed out loud at that one.

  2. nice set & no 2 works really well 🙂

  3. 6 & 7 are absolute delight to read.
    i use to visit your blog regularly during Haiku Heights time
    you are one of my favorites
    after a long gap I think i have visited your blog…
    it gives a feeling of …home coming.

  4. Another great collection in the offing!!!

  5. I think you explored both the curves and lashes of body and words…i’m a wuss and loved no 4 – and the mildest words…often the most effective 😉

  6. 6 and 7 really made me laugh!

  7. Each one makes a new thought emerge…#2 is interesting….what is that all about?

  8. Each haiku offers a complete reading experience. I can’t remember when last I read such affecting micro-poetry.

  9. Some days I think we still look for the direction the Holy One went; and yes, snapshots in front of the Alamo indeed – without contemplating really what took place there. Another interesting and diverse collection.

  10. Clever creative with biting wit !

  11. Wow what a serving, #1 is my favourite

    Much love…

  12. I didn’t understand some of the references above but still, all the haiku were a delight to read. 1, 2, 6 & 7 are my favourites. 🙂

  13. Okay – this is first series that did not (as usual for me ) read as a single linked poem – all excellent , crisp and vibrant

  14. The second one reminds me of me. I hate to admit that, but it’s true. Great job, but now I feel guilty.

  15. You stopped me short with number three–unablwe to grin more. No wonder it’s a shoert set today. Scorching.

  16. Wow, a slight edge to the pilgrim’s voice this week, LOL…the sagging breast is amusing, I resonate. The Holy One fleeing Birkenau hits me where I live – fantastic lines!

  17. A shorter set but very well written and stronger this week. I had a laugh at number 6.

  18. Nipples erect are
    bigger then the lust you wish
    to project in love.
    You were frightening this time, expressing our depression in Fall.
    🙂 May you be well, happy, and peaceful.

  19. Well done ~ And I smiled at the last two 🙂

  20. Really liked this set. You reminded me that I must go back and reread some Galway…thank you,


  21. What an interesting set of haiku … this one stopped me up … brilliant:

    trying to guess which
    way the Holy One went when
    he fled Birkenau

    and this one is a stopper too:

    clinical sonnets—
    jaded women read aloud
    from glowing Kindles

  22. Love the wit and humour that are reflecting from the lines…. 🙂

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      A little biting at times, I’m afraid…

      On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  23. I must search out those sonnets on my Kindle! Great collection as ever.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Good luck finding them—elusive little lines! 😉

      On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 2:26 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thanks! I find it amazing how images emerge, seemingly from nowhere.

      On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 2:59 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  24. Chuckles! Great wit in all. It takes talents to come with a beautiful set. Great haiku MMT!


  25. These are wonderful. I love 5,6, and 7.

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