Frontier of the notebook is the leading
edge. A prime location to push
forward with disembodied heads
of poems. Line sharks, Leviathans
undiscovered consonants to obliterate
and alliterate. Concentrate now.
Ars Poetica. Ours is the poetics of paint
on canvas. Under-paint, stand back
look askance head cocked finger
on the trigger. Pick off words
with a pea shooter. Put and eye
out. Rubbish removal for
pungent phrases, rotten cliches
polluting the page. Clutter be gone.
Marie Kondo do these words
bring you joy? Have I used them lately?
Only failure here. Doom Here. Purge
and ascend. Purgatorio to Paradiso.
Michael Edwards is a poet, writer and busy dad living in Vancouver, BC on traditional, unceded Musqueam territories. A graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU (2020), he has been published in various online journals including Talking Strawberries, Cypress, Cabinet of Heed and Headline Poetry. Michael is also the founding editor of Red Alder Review, an online publication focused on building connections between writers and the wider community. // Twitter: @michaelwrites1
the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan