Still kicking

I have been silent as far as this blog is concerned as I have been writing longer poems for what will eventually be a volume of verse – free, tanka, acrostic and reworkings of other great poems.

One source of my ‘inspiration’ has also been the cause of my silence as I daily strive to remain clear-minded, positive and focussed in the face of a sociopath under whose roof I am living through force of circumstance, and there have been times where one is occupied in mentally counteracting the foul invective of the person in question, rather than having a peaceful environment in which to write, to think, reflect.

Unknowingly, said detractor is providing me with a great deal of material, and will doubtless provide a back story to a future novel.

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Thank you to all my followers here on WP.

Reflections 2: extract

It is polling day in the USA. This haiku is from my verse ‘Red I‘, from the section Atlantic, in Vol 2 of my Reflections series, available at Amazon Books and on Kindle. [Type Poetry/Genre/Haiku/RC Clermont]

 

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Socialised healthcare?

        No – God and guns. In droves they

        vote against what is right.

© RC Clermont 2013

 

Reflections 1,2, 3,4

My haiku series of verse, ‘Reflections’, is available on Amazon books. Simply go Poetry, Haiku, or write RC Clermont. They are available in paperback and Kindle. Thank you for reading this post. More description below.

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In Reflections, RC Clermont uses the ‘English’ 17-syllable haiku form.

In an age of too much information, Reflections deploys the 5-7-5 format to achieve brevity.

Traditionally, haiku focuses on themes such as nature and the seasons. In this collection of fifty 17 -sound haiku verses, RC Clermont has departed from this rule.

Reflections comments on themes such as family dysfunction, particularly the consequences of relations’ attempts to dominate their ‘blood’.

Other themes explored are: love and friendship, economic malaise and inequality, as well as the crass, crude, materialism of suburban England. Reflections also takes a swipe at capitalism,  the shallowness riches, and how  money does not make people more respectable.

Reflections also takes a more critical view of the green lawns and fairways of Middle England, and the bigotry and hypocrisy therein, as well as the hell that is the England football supporter.  The English abroad are also observed at their worst. Reflections also delivers a critique on the stark reality of global politics and so-called democracy.

Reflections is part of a series, and the first collection of poems is now available in traditional book format for the first time and is also available through Amazon.

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In Reflections 2, RC Clermont explores further themes visited in Reflections – the first anthology-such as family dysfunction economic malaise, the gross inequalities of the neo-liberal model and the post-Thatcher economic legacy in Britain which still exist today(Economics II).  The vulgar materialism of suburban England (Moonscape II) and consumption are exposed for the worthlessness they are (Wasteland II).

New themes explored include the destructive economic, geopolitical and social climate of modern America (Atlantic). Jerusalem critiques the darker side of Englishness, xenophobia and the sense of ‘entitlement’ to possess one’s own little piece of England.

Commuting reflects on topics that anyone who has ever commuted into a city to work, and wondered whether their way of life is worthwhile.Tangibility sees culture, art, literature and learning as a signs of a civilised, enlightened society, increasingly under threat from the forces of consumerism, global capitalism and religion.

Society II comments on the social vanity of the London rich. The Sporting Life II explores themes of bigotry and misguided assertions about sporting prowess. Once again, in Home and Abroad II, embarrassing Britons are targeted. The vanity and the lifestyles of the rich are re-visited in Images IIProverbs II explores attitudes to success.

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In Reflections 3, RC Clermont draws these haiku verses not from the Elements, Nature, or the Seasons in the ‘traditional’way, but from modern life, how we are all living a lie. The themes follow those in Reflections 1 and 2, including: global capitalism, economic, inequality, neo-liberalism, suburban greed, materialism and pretension, the English obsession with home-ownership, the pressure to conform, the importance of culture, literature and art instead of consumerism, commuting to a job one hates for poor pay, the toxicity of family life, love and friendship, the myths of sporting prowess and the golf and tennis ‘culture’ of Middle England.

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Reflections 4 is the fourth collection of haiku 5-7-5 verses in the Reflections series.

Reflections 4 fires  further acerbic shots in some themes already explored in Reflections 1, 2 and 3, as well as new subjects such as: vulgar displays of ‘new’ wealth (Wasteland III), economic malaise and inequality (Economics IV), the supremacy of the right in UK politics and its harsh socio-economic consequences (Politics) , the poison that exits within families, or various members therein (Blood IV), the importance of culture and the futility of conforming to  other people’s expectations rather than following one’s own path (Tangibility III), the lack of due process in an increasingly insecure world (Law and Justice),  the savagery of English holidaymakers abroad (Home and Abroad III), love, loss and friendship (Friends, Lovers and Other Relationships IV), the  life-and mind destroying daily ritual of commuting to work, especially by train from a far suburb into the Capital (Commuting III), the reality of sport for most people is the mediocrity  of being a pub-going spectator (The Sporting Life IV), the  myths and the fraud of the health and fitness industry (Health and Well-Being II), and the bigotry, fakery  and fraud that is religion (Religion and Spirituality).

Contains very strong language

Notes on ‘Posted Notes’

NOTES ON POSTED NOTES

or Beyond Haiku.

This blog was originally intended to complement the ‘Reflections’ series of haiku verse which I have self-published on Amazon Create Space, whereby I would share sample verses on varying themes such as, inter alia, economics, politics, inequality, greed, society, money, work, sport, and family life (or rather, the dysfunctional aspects therein).

My own haiku verses are, among other views, a critical, angry, satirical or acerbic  take on those themes. Themes ‘normally’ associated with haiku include nature and the seasons, but the modern world has its own ‘nature’, created or evolved out of the original state of nature we were once in. As, barring Armageddon or climatic cataclysms, we are not in our original state of nature – or the nascent society, as Rousseau appeared to prefer for humankind –  it would surely be absurd to confine haiku to themes nature and the season. After all, one writes about our experience, perceptions, experiences, and indeed, reflections.

If Rousseau has said that we are corrupted by ‘civil society’, one could argue that perhaps corruption is in our nature, hence the themes explored in ‘modern’ haiku concern the things around us, which are ‘natural’ consequences of modern or civil society. Hence, for example,  if humans are – or have become – vain and want to show trappings of success, or the illusions of success, then my own haiku themes such as ‘Moonscape’ and Wasteland’ are the new ‘themes of ‘nature’. Similarly, on a larger scale, ‘Geopolitics’ and ‘Atlantic’ are themes exploring dominance of the USA in world affairs, not always to the good. Indeed, other epistemological themes such as ‘Economics’ explore inequality.

To further discuss Rousseau here would be a digression. The point of this post is that this blog has evolved from haiku to exploring other verse formats, and that is how my series ‘Posted Notes’ arose. Here, more attention is being devoted to rhyme schemes – not necessarily the strictly structured ones one may have explored at school- but nevertheless I regard them as ‘working’ poems in the sense that from beginning as the nascent poet writing haiku, I am evolving my poetry.

Posted Notes consist of single stanza verses. They are as much exercises in my developing craft, as well as works of creation or inspiration. They could be quatrain, quintet, sextet, septet, octet or nine or ten line verses, or a series of couplets or triplets.  The rhymes, end rhymes, pararhymes, internal rhymes, assonance, consonance, as are the syllable-line structures (e.g. 8 x 4, 9 x9, 6-6-7-7, etc.). As for the beats – iamb, trochee, spondee, anapest, dactyl–  I have tried to steer clear of them, but not avoid them. The ‘beats’ are those which I find would fit into each line in order to be able to create a natural speech or elision. Indeed, a single line could consist of a combination of beats. Some words are of 4 or 5 syllables, which would arguably defeat any attempt at scansion for types of beat.

Indeed, I has intended to write free verse stanzas, but found myself drawn – not compelled- into more ‘schematic’ verse, though at this stage I have avoided following, say, Plutarchan or Spenserian etc., rhyme schemes. Maybe for the future.  Indeed, I am also composing multi-stanza verses for a book, but that’s for another post on this blog.

In further posts I shall be self-analysing my Posted Notes on this blog, and hope perhaps it may assist other nascent – or established – poets out there or who may be following my blog. Other ‘notes’ I shall keep from the blog, so that those and the ones published on this blog, can go into a book.

Thank you to all my Followers and Likes.

Posted Notes

In addition to my already published volumes of haiku, I am considering other poetry forms and am in the process of writing a fifth volume of verse in ‘regular’ (for want of a better word) involving stanzas, rhyme schemes and experimenting with acrostic chance or homophonic re-writing of other poems.

In the meantime, I am also starting a new series called ‘Posted Notes’, which consists of impromptu verses written (then re-drafted, of course) on various items of paper stationery according to the number of lines in the verse. The themes can vary, and may involve the frustrations or anger-inducing things about everyday life, or even some-one saying something idiotic, or anything that one sees in the news that day, or a sudden thought about life and the world about us in general.

 

Thanks to all my followers and ‘likes’ of my Reflections posts. More will follow.