“Let us read, and let us dance;
these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Poems for Lent - Saturday

I made this: Unknown at 11:48 am

Saturday Lent Poem 46

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to include this poem (and tomorrows!) on the blog.

Almost the day I started tweeting as LeedsBookClub, I was fortunate enough to become friends with Alice Shapiro (@CrackedPoems). Born in Georgia, USA, she is an accomplished poet, playwright and author. Mostly though, she’s really funny!

I let her know about my little Lenten project, and dropped some very subtle hints about how wonderful it would be to include a piece of her work. She managed to read between the lines and was generous enough to volunteer not one, but two poems.


Please find below a poem by Alice Shapiro, to be released in a new collection later this year (once I have details, I will post them).


Well Done

Alice Shapiro



I – peruse past decades
I – have accomplished greatness
I – overcame
·         arcane banality
·         self-doubt
·         impetuous naiveté

Tender errors at ten and twenty
baked onto inner walls of an open mind
formed a calloused heart.


walking sand-drenched sidewalks in the tropics
dazed, yet unfazed by a temporary lapse
in continuity

God – at my back

·         arcane banality – self-doubt
went up like smoke.


wise wide innocence shares my easy chair
 I – consider grace.

Lenten Poetry Challenge

Lenten Poetry - 12 - Desire - Alice Shapiro
Lenten Poetry - 10 - Resurrection - Vladimir Holan
Lenten Poetry - 09 - Poems 41 - 44
Lenten Poetry - 08 - Poems 36 - 40
Lenten Poetry - 07 - Poems 31 - 35
Lenten Poetry - 06 - Poems 26 - 30
Lenten Poetry - 05 - Poems 21 - 25
Lenten Poetry - 04 - Poems 16 - 20
Lenten Poetry - 03 - Poems 11 - 15
Lenten Poetry - 02 - Poems 06 - 10
Lenten Poetry - 01 - Poems 01 - 05


Alice on 23 April 2011 at 21:04 said...

Thank you! I am totally honored to be part of your Lent poem series. I will keep you up-to-date on the news. And so glad you understand my sense of humor - not everyone does, you know. I can tell by the silent stares when I enter a room.


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