Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

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Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#1 Post by Michael (MV) » 30 Oct 2022, 11:42

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4/and unpublished work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 November IBPC 2022:

#2 Post by BobBradshaw » 30 Oct 2022, 20:14

I nominate Ken's poem "The Freshman".

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#3 Post by Kenneth2816 » 31 Oct 2022, 17:01

I accept for The Freshman

I nom Bobs Golden Lotuses

I nom Billy's White

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#4 Post by Michael (MV) » 31 Oct 2022, 21:29

Bob re Billy's poem White:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8218#p39602


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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#5 Post by Michael (MV) » 31 Oct 2022, 21:34

Billy re Kenneth's poem The Freshman:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8209#p39576


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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#6 Post by Billy » 31 Oct 2022, 22:48

Michael, I seoond Bob's and Kenneth's poems.

I cannot represent The Block this month.

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#7 Post by BobBradshaw » 31 Oct 2022, 23:52

I accept. Thanks, guys

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#8 Post by BobBradshaw » 02 Nov 2022, 00:21

Bob Bradshaw
email: Bobbybradshw@yahoo.com
This is my original and unpublished poem.
I am not representing another forum.


Golden Lotuses

Mother spoke
of my future beauty
as if she were speaking
of her beloved
plum blossoms
that would fragrant
our rooms come
spring.

I walked long
distances,
my life like my gait
forever
changed,
all but my big
toes bent
backwards,
my arches
broken.

Some toes blackened,
a few breaking off
like buds lost
to cold
but beauty partners
with pain
the way
water and light
on a lotus pond
are wedded.

Every few days
my feet were re-wrapped,
--forced
into ever smaller
and smaller
new moon
shapes

till my pair
of silk slippers,
my feet golden lotuses,
could be held
together
in Mother’s
palm.

Today plum blossoms
perfume my hair—
my eyebrows
shaped like butterfly
wings—
but it's my feet
I count on to break
a man's
heart.
Demurely they wait
like arranged
brides.

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#9 Post by Kenneth2816 » 02 Nov 2022, 06:40

The Freshman


In '72 you could still graduate
High School as a virgin, only

to throw it away first semester
at University on a girl whose name

you cannot now recall, only
the hole in the floorboard of her

67 VW, the world rushing by just
a few inches from your feet,

the awkwardness of seeing her
next day in History of Ancient

Greece, how the years have turned
your body into marble and your

memory broken like the white lines
on the highway, zipping past.

Original unpublished.
ashworthken@yahoo.com
Not representing another forum

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Update 11/3 re Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#10 Post by Michael (MV) » 02 Nov 2022, 20:07

How about Frank's Babushka for a 3rd

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#11 Post by FranktheFrank » 02 Nov 2022, 20:22

Yes, it's available this month, Michael.

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#12 Post by BobBradshaw » 02 Nov 2022, 20:35

Babushka sounds good to me. I 2nd it.

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Uodate 11/2 re Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#13 Post by Michael (MV) » 03 Nov 2022, 22:53

Frank, please accept, and be one of the 3 representing this month.

Thanks, Frank,

Michael (MV)

FranktheFrank wrote:
02 Nov 2022, 20:22
Yes, it's available this month, Michael.

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Re: Upcoming November IBPC 2022:

#14 Post by FranktheFrank » 04 Nov 2022, 00:44

Babushka is an original and unpublished
poem by Ieuan ap Hywel.
It is not representing any other forum in the IBPC this month.
ieuanaphywel@aol.com

Babushka

She stands outside her battered home
Grad fins stick up out of the ground
She is waiting for the bomb squad
A soldier walks towards her
Gun pointed at the ground
She moves towards him
Gushing greetings with her kisses
her tears wash down on his face
He accepts the bread and salt
With a smile, she is the mother
he left behind

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