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 mania, flux, ceremony, and borrow.
If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the new words are fume, pound, countertop, and postscript.
(These are excerpts—click on the title to view the whole poem)
The rest is rumor—
madness and mania,
wolves at midnight
A rooster was my best man, but he flew
into a locust tree and would not come when called.
The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea
and while her flesh is what he expects,
paleness that mimics death, he does not think
to find her beautiful