I’m going to assume lots of people were off enjoying vacations and didn’t have time to write poems in July, since I received only seven entries.
Still, those seven poems are fine sensory explorations, and I’m glad to have them. Thanks to all who participated!
Kathy Carlisle, who contributed a poem to the June contest that I ended up featuring as a “take two,” wrote about berry-picking. She used multiple senses in her poem, as most good poems do, but “touch” is the predominant sense, not taste, as you might imagine.
Former Poem of the Month contest winner Chad Goodling wrote about listening to music, and I think there aren’t enough poems about music, so I enjoyed his very much.
But this month’s winner is newcomer Kristopher Ivie of Hellam Township, who wrote about one of my most favorite smells in the world: coffee brewing.
Coffee House Poetry
A pungent aroma lingers
Its fumes disorienting
Brewed in a pot of culture
It’s slowly fermenting
The smell of brown encapsulates
An acidic aroma
Within the pot it percolates
A civet style java
An intoxicating perfume
Attracting its purveyors
They gather in a musty room
Longing for its flavor
Average taste must be refined
To enjoy it at its best
It opens up the sleeping mind
With thoughts you can’t digest
The woody air soon overcomes
Your olfactory detector
The scent will surely trick your tongue
With its smoky texture
A single pot of ambiance
Source of poetic perfume
A once sweet smelling Renaissance
soon empty and consumed
Now really, whether you drink coffee or not, doesn’t this poem make you want to?
I really like how this poem doesn’t take itself too seriously, too. It’s called “Coffee House Poetry,” and the author pulls in all kinds of 50-cent words to elevate the status of this thing that he reveres, and demands that we revere: the perfect cup of coffee.
I mean, “olfactory detector” is much more descriptive than “nose,” am I right? Not to mention, he rhymes “detector” with “texture,” and the meter in that stanza really hits its stride.
Good stuff, Kristopher. I hope you show this poem (and this post!) to the owner of whatever coffee house you frequent. If I were him or her, I’d print it up and hang it on my door.
Kristopher has this to say about his writing and winning poem:
Q. Tell us a bit about you and your experience writing poetry.
A. I’ve been writing poetry for some time, but I’m fairly new to sharing and publishing it. I began self-publishing some of my work in eBook format last year when I realized I had lost a good portion of my earliest works. I skipped going through a traditional publisher simply because my style is unconventional and the market is so small. My experience has been that the modern, free-verse poets generally don’t like rhyme and the formalists don’t like my unique meter patterns. (This poem uses 8/7/8/6 stanzas which is one of my more commonly used meters/verse.)
Q. How did you choose the subject of your poem?
A. I have often heard the quote from Anne Sexton, “God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.” I’m not a big fan of the abstract metaphor so my preference is to create metaphors that have both literal and figurative meanings. I picked coffee since it’s also a brown beverage and it provides me with ways to bury multiple messages in addition to the literal one. Coffee also provided me with a way to emphasize the sense of smell which was important in keeping with July’s theme of highlighting one of the five senses.
Q. How did you hear about YDR/Versify’s Poem of the Month contest?
A. The Poem of the Month contest was pointed out to me by a co-worker who has become a fan of my poetry. As many of my coworkers drink coffee it also helped me pick the subject for my poem.
Thanks for sharing, Kristopher!
What’s your favorite part of Kristopher’s poem?