Written for: dVerse Poets – Poetics, Suburb Poetry (guest host: Oloriel)
“What makes a poem into a suburban poem? I would not want to go on a limb and define it myself, nor use some strict formula or definition. I would say it is the feel that the poem leaves, the difference in scenery, the constant physical and metaphysical presence of animals, wilderness, gardens, curtains. Combinations that seem esoteric, worded that way, whilst in a modern poem they would be a normal thing.”
“How does one go about writing a suburban poem?
I would say, keep yourself emotionally in the suburbs, shed the characteristics of a modern environment. Be free, be strange.
I suggest including flora and fauna in your poem.
Rhyming and repetition do a great job at depicting the haziness of the suburbs
Think of motives of longing, melancholy and repeated cycles”
Leaves have been raked,
they wait in special bags
for garbage day.
You can smell Spring in the air,
all grills are fired up
in each backyard.
Thump, thump, thump,
high jumping basketball players
are at hoops.
Children in shorts rubberneck,
try to catch first glimmer
of the ice cream truck.
Scent of grass percolates up and down
neighborhood blocks. Lawnmowers whine
Grass is cut, gathered and placed
in special colored containers,
waiting for garbage day.