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Forthcoming in the Spring issue of The Rialto. This began as 'We Were Tigers' back in 2009, part of a sequence tied to psychoanalysis and creation myths. I think it's pretty much finished now, but I am a persistent tweaker. 5 years of redrafting so far. Poetry malarkey. 
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Given 2014-08-23
Crumb Tiger by PoeticWar mixes myth and modernity in a dreamlike poem; it is very much worth a few minutes of quiet reflection. ( Suggested by ikazon and Featured by ShadowedAcolyte )
venturus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Writer
enjoyed it in The Rialto.
Karinta Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Very cool, I must say. I really don't get the message, though :D
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Setting the tone right away... excellent.
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first part of this reminds me of a book I used to read to my children: Pierre.  I can't remember the author.  A hungry lion paid a call to Pierre ... but Pierre didn't care.  In fact, he didn't care about anything.  The lion said, "I can eat you, don't you see ... and you will be inside of me.  And Pierre said, "I don't care."  Of course, the moral to the story is that we should care.  Too bad Pierre didn't know about the breadcrumbs.  This is very good writing and I so enjoyed reading it ... and I congratulate you on the well-deserved DD!
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent!  Wow. So clean, so sharp. Congrats on a well-deserved DD!!  :clap:
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :)
TonguesOfMenOrAngels Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Writer
Congratulations on the DD!

This is a beautifully flowing piece of writing - your years of tweaking have most definitely paid off and i hope you're proud of your work because it is amazing. I especially like the final two lines, I think the final lines of a poem are one of the most important parts of a poem, and you've ended yours excellently!
LeftUnfinished Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very unique concept. Well done!
AzureNebulae Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This flows so beautifully, and the imagery is intense. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. <3
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
sumarlegur Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aka "I didn't really bother to read the poem, I just want you to visit my page".
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TheHungerArtist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
After years sometimes it is good to come back and visit, if not home, a place to take a moment and breathe.
Good read.

Oh, and then, there's Dreamtigers from Borges:…

Though I'm sure you've visited there before.
PoeticWar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014   Writer
Thanks, Taylor. I seem to revisit this site quite often, though rarely do anything much at all on it. It's largely reflex. The Borges speaks to me very strongly with regards the experience of lucid dreaming. I suppose I have my own tiger: a wood near the house in which I used to live (from which wood, now I think about it, the tiger of this poem emerges, and approaches that very same house). I always try to find and enter it when I realise I am dreaming, but am inevitably thwarted in the attempt. In that, just as in the Borges, there's something of the inaccessible grace of childhood. All rather frustrating, and melancholic. 
TheHungerArtist Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
This makes me think you might find Aleš Debeljak's (Slovene poet/intellectual) book Reluctant Modernity interesting. I wrote a review of it over a decade ago, so I may be a little hazy, but his general thesis was that post-modernist art has been de-fanged (in a sense) by co-option and commodification, and the only way out of the trap is to seek artistic forms from our youth that haven't been plagued by an imposition of mass media and a near infinite recursion of the aforementioned artistic appropriations. Though, he was born in 1961; such a feat may be more difficult for our generation. Or, perhaps that "inaccessible grace of childhood" may always have some unassailable kernel that socialization/enculturation cannot reach. At least, that's the hope.
PoeticWar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Writer
I've wishlisted it -- it does sound interesting. Your take on it sounds more interesting, in fact, than its blurb, which makes it sound like recycled and syncretised (Hegelian) Marxist thought, very obviously building on Adorno's corpus and more specifically on Benjamin's 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'. I'll have to check it out -- thanks for bringing it to my attention.
CailinLiath Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Once it's published, it's done, dear. Almost always. 
PoeticWar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Writer
Never stopped me before!
CailinLiath Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Hah! Goose. 
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