Sound Salesmen

On April 23, 2018
Hello, everyone! It’s hard to believe, but there’s just one week left to go in this year’s Na/GloPoWriMo.

And now for today’s (optional) prompt! Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem, for example, could incorporate overheard language. Perhaps it could incorporate a song lyric in some way, or language from something often heard spoken aloud (a prayer, a pledge, the Girl Scout motto). Or you could use a regional or local phrase from your hometown that you don’t hear elsewhere, e.g. “that boy won’t amount to a pinch.”
Happy writing!

Sound Salesmen

solo salesman
skilled sharpener
stalks struts swaggers
strident soul-splitting serenade
shrill screeching spiel: sharpen steel saws scissors
shriek squeal slice sever skin
spike skewer spear skiver
slivers splinters sting
shoot shivers

Greek village morning
“portokalia, peponia, karpouzi”
round vowels fill ears
peremptory ps tempt palate
wandering salesman
wakes me from sleep
in his rumbling dilapidated van
sings out his wares
“oranges, melons, watermelons”

through the open window
wafts orange blossom scent
aroma of sweet coffee
“kafedaki glico”
balcony flutters blue laundry
bright burgundy bougainvillea
peppermint dillweed oregano
philia agapimu
kisses for my love

Lied of love:
“flowers” luscious
lovely longed-for
luxuriant luminous

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