Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

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Michael (MV)
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Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#1 Post by Michael (MV) » 30 Nov 2022, 14:40

Voice your recommendation(s) here, and

Please let us know ASAP if you are not going to be available to represent the Writer's Block -

then we will know not to consider your poems further for this month's IBPC.

I/We will be looking for consensus - in keeping with a communal workshop dynamic

Which 1-3 would we like to see represent the Writer's Block in the finals?

After the 3 are selected, then will each author post - in this thread - the poem as the poet would like it forwarded,

and ALL the needed info/statements

Ideally, the only poems that really need to appear here are the final 3, when announced, hopefully by the 1st of the month, if not sooner

^^ the intent is organizational - if poems appear here before the selection of the final 3, then there is a congestion -

Until the final 3 are announced, please maintain poems & workshopping to the Workshop Forum. Thanks.



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any newcomers or returnees this month, Welcome!

and here is a home link to the IBPC rules: http://ibpc.webdelsol.com/rules


In this thread, from the poems posted in the workshop forum during the course of the month, recommend/nominate by title & author.

Nominated poets, please acknowledge the nomination here in this thread.
Please reply by accepting or declining the nomination - in this thread.

Please note & observe: This is not a workshopping thread.

In this thread, poems that are ultimately selected to represent the Block are then posted here
as the author would like for the poem to be forwarded
along with all IBPC required info.

When the 1-3 poems are decided upon, and permission granted by each author of the selected poems,

along with all the info needed by each author:


1/Your name

2/e-mail address

3/statement that the poem is your original

4/and unpublished work

5/and that you don't have a poem committed to represent another board in the current IBPC. One poet one poem one board
for each monthly,

6/and the poem as you would like it forwarded to the finals.

^^ All of the above is the usual needed info as part of the process.


I will then forward the 1-3 to the IBPC finals.


Thanks

Michael (MV)

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#2 Post by Kenneth2816 » 01 Dec 2022, 21:52

No Paper Maiche Doll by Siva
Michael's found poem
Bob's Last Day At The Vet

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#3 Post by Michael (MV) » 04 Dec 2022, 00:08

 
Thanks, Kenneth, for voicing,

and Thanks for the nom-nod, which I accept.

Michael (MV)
Kenneth2816 wrote:
01 Dec 2022, 21:52
No Paper Maiche Doll by Siva
Michael's found poem
Bob's Last Day At The Vet
 
 

Michael (MV)
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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#4 Post by Michael (MV) » 04 Dec 2022, 00:08

 
1/ I definitely 2nd Bob's Vet poem

2/ I nominate Kenneth's Shah of Iran


Michael (MV)
 
 
 

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#5 Post by Kenneth2816 » 04 Dec 2022, 06:54

Thank you Michael but I decline.

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#6 Post by BobBradshaw » 04 Dec 2022, 08:54

I nominate Ieuan's "Where is the Victory".

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#7 Post by BobBradshaw » 04 Dec 2022, 08:55

Thanks, Michael and Ken. I accept.
Bob Bradshaw
email: bobbybradshw@yahoo.com
This is my original, unpublished poem. It is not represented at any other forum.


Last Day At The Vet's


I rub his muzzle,
stroke his belly's white patch.
Does he sense what's coming?

His eyes are moist.
Like many aging dogs,
his knees faltered first.

Anti-inflammatory drugs helped.
An eye fogged over.
Back legs began to buckle.

For months I carried him upstairs
laying him on my bed,
where we dreamed better days.

"Every heart wears out,"
the vet said. It had become
a knot of pain.

Now this.
The vet embraces me,
and goes over the procedure.

Then the difficult question:
"Do you want to be there?"
As the needle goes in,

I keep my eyes
on Sonny, stroking him
and with a gentle voice

reassuring him. I leave
with his collar, everything
--the walls, the table,

the years--a blur.
I give the receptionist
the leash.

Across the street dogs romp
in the park, where I settle
onto an empty bench.

Black and white dogs happily
bark like seals, unaware
of Sonny's absence.

Over and over I recall Sonny
fetching a tennis ball,
retrieving hundreds

of them over the years,
returning the love
he knew I'd never
toss away.

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#8 Post by FranktheFrank » 05 Dec 2022, 14:56

Best wishes Bob, fine poem. Hope it wins.

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#9 Post by Kenneth2816 » 05 Dec 2022, 20:13

Siva had not responded so I withdraw my nom.

I second Franks Where Is The Victory

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Update 12/8: re Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#10 Post by Michael (MV) » 09 Dec 2022, 04:58

I 3rd Ieuan's "Where is the Victory".

Our 3:

Ieuan's "Where is the Victory".

Bob's Vet poem

MV's found poem


Need to forward now ASAP

Michael (MV)

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Re: Upcoming December IBPC 2022:

#11 Post by FranktheFrank » 09 Dec 2022, 14:58

This is the original and unpublished poem of Ieuan ap Hywel
It is not representing any other board of the IBPC.
ieuanaphywel@aol.com

My apology for being so late, major illness at home.
So sorry. Thanks to all.

Where is the Victory

Rat urine dripping onto
my drying body-armour.
Sergei’s guts spread outside the trench
waiting for the thaw of Spring.
My breath, a ghost joins their spirits.

What honour in toasting
A platoon of Russian sons
The smell of excreta each time
A shell flies by, precursor
To my screams, a whoosh, a rush

Of compressed air, instilling
its mayhem into my dreams.
In taking Kherson, I’m ashamed
of my fetor. Fragrant
Babushkas dust me in holy kisses.

Pretty flower-dresses
girls offer apple-spiced yabluchnyk
They smell of buttermilk
and sun-blessed grass.
I'm showered in sighs
for the brothers they miss.

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