In honor of National Poetry Month, we are featuring the poem Logology from a special guest poet, A.J. Wagoner. Please visit his blog ajwagoner.com (Cleaver of God). A few months ago, A.J. shared Poetry in the Brew with his readers for a “Thursday’s Treasure” feature.
To study words,
Words about words
And play in epic fashions
With manipulations ploys.
Eight categories arise:
Onomastics take Nomenclature
To new heights
Through proper names, Nicknames
Eponyms, Toponyms, Pseudonyms
All to tell you of Master Filly Swim.
Expressions excite exploration–
Idioms to Proverbs
Solomon’s Slang shows up
Master of Catchphrases
Just to sally forth a new Slogan.
Three-way to Figures of Speech,
Like a Metaphor, share a Simile,
For Euphemism’s industrial action
Within random order of us all–
The Oxymora morals.
Word play of Associations–
Synonyms, so similar,
Antonyms, never familiar,
To Subordinate-Subordinates Order.
Five guys deep, Word Formations,
Affixes before and after
For Compound’s Acronyms
Mnemonic ploys Portmanteau’s telethon
With newness of Neologisms
And an Initial’s F.U.N.
Oh, Logology, yes!
On to Anagrams
Where Same Woe
Fails to ‘name not one man’
Of Palindrome Lore.
How the Word Games persist!
Scrabble to Words with Friends
Language fun all around–
Add some flair Alliteration
Rhymes Riddles to fiddles
For Tongue Twisters ties Swatch watch.
A little to the end
Final Word Play, Ambiguities
Leaden with riffs and cuffs
To roil the feathers
Upon all Double-Entendre.
Yes, Logology widens the scope
To see the Linguist’s cache
Of certain Argot and Jargon
Just to Punt you to more
And share an avid Elvish,
“Mellon” unto you.
~By: A.J. Wagoner
April 13, 2013
Poetry in the Brew
Portland Brew East
Nashville, TN 37206
Open Mic Sign-Up: 5:30
Reading Starts: 6:00
If you need inspiration to write, the theme is JOY.
Special Guest Host: James C. Floyd
Special Guest Feature: Denise Satterfield Wilson
Described as a “prolific writer,” Denise Satterfield Wilson developed a love for words during early childhood. Correct grammar was highly stressed by her aunt Thelma, an English teacher.
On Dec.1, 1986, a tragic incident, in which her 17 year-old son witnessed his best friend’s murder, caused Denise to take pen in hand in an effort to express the roller coaster of emotions she felt inside.
Denise has shared her written works for over fifteen years at the Southern Festival of Books as well as several Nashville poetry venues: Windows on the Cumberland, The Abbyss, Douglas Corner, where her path crossed that of Tennessee’s Poet Laureate, Maggi Britton Vaughn, 12th and Porter, The Pub of Love and Bean Central.
Ms Wilson has also shared her poetry at Pearl-Cohen School, Hunter’s Lane and Cohen Adult Learning Center.
In 1994 Ms. Wilson tied for Third Place in the Tennessee Writer Alliance’s Poetry Competition, which was judged by world-renown poet Nikki Giovanni.
Denise was formerly a member of a trio of poets called “Dark Voices,” which also included poets Aissatou E. Sunjata and James C. Floyd, aka “The Jefferson Street Poet.”
This is a poem for my son, Robert
Whom I’ve spent a lifetime trying to protect
From scary monsters that crept into his dreams at night,
Those who made him follower instead of leader by day.
The one whose 5 steel bullets
Shattered his innocence at 17
And stole his best friend’s life away.
This is a poem for my son, Robert
Who, at 26, is surrounded by cold, steel bars
That keep me out/ him in
With an enemy I can NEVER protect him from…
© 1996 Denise Satterfield Wilson