Friday, March 28, 2008

Totally Optional Prompt: Regional poetry

Regional poetry is poetry that carries the flavor of a distinct region. It may evoke the landscape or the culture. The smells or the food. It may be in dialect.

Regional: the Catskills, the Cascades, Catahoulas, catfish gumbo
Not regional: McDonald's, malls, Milky Way bars, Motorola

Here are some poems that have a strong regional flavor:

Thetsane Blues by Rethabile Masilo
Ay, ay, ay, the black grifa by Julia de Burgos
Our Land by Yannis Ritsos
Daybreak in Alabama by Langston Hughes

Come back Wednesday night or Thursday morning and leave us a (gentle reminder) poem with a regional feel. Or, if you don't use the
Totally Optional
prompt, leave us a poem anyway.