In an ongoing series, the editors, former contributors, and readers of Eclectica have been invited to write a poem containing four pre-chosen words. The words for this issue are vinegar, fossil, heedless, and embroider. Below are the resulting selected poems.
If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are bathrobe, plastic, juxtapose, and impediment.
(These are excerpts--click on the title to view the whole poem!)
Interviewing an Old Rock Star
The paternity suits that followed him
are stacked away like old fan letters.
the secret meanings of greek letters: iota
the colour of apple vinegar lures me to beaches for this:
a runaway drop of resin that caught an insect by surprise
Michaela A. Gabriel
This Woman in the Sewing Room
This woman in the sewing room
can embroider dresses
with her eyes closed.
the youngest and the oldest
have a right to be heedless
Two Word Poems
He remembered how, as a child,
he drank vinegar directly
from the bottle. First love.
I am carrying a bag of angry buzz down
three flights, around the corner and
into the alley.