friday feast: raw alphabet (abc by Robert Pinsky)

#7 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.

alphabet font by cah

Brace yourselves.

I’m going raw and uncensored today.

No soup, no cake, no cooking. It’s too hot in the kitchen to turn on the stove. You know how it is.

I’m playing with dry alphabet pasta! Shocking, oh my, yes. And so dangerous. Chalk it up to May Madness.

Note: Tapioca pearls make excellent periods.

by Robert Pinsky

Any body can die, evidently. Few
Go happily, irradiating joy,

Knowledge, love. Many
Need oblivion, painkillers,
Quickest respite.

Sweet time unafflicted,
Various world:

X = your zenith.


Today’s Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by the irrepressible Kelly Polark. Dance, baby, dance!

 Certified authentic alphabetica. Handmade especially for you with love and a bowl full of raw affection.

19 thoughts on “friday feast: raw alphabet (abc by Robert Pinsky)

  1. So clever! I tried to rise to a writing challenge recently that involved starting all the sentences with letters of the alphabet in sequence, but the Muse must have been busy helping Robert Pinsky.

    I have to go look up “irradiating” now. Irradiated beef at the grocery store has been zapped. Zapped joy? Can’t be…



  2. Writing a poem that actually means something with the words in alphabetical sequence is definitely a big challenge. The equal sign is cheating a little, though.


  3. Tanita Says 🙂

    Okay, you are way too cool. You even do the noodles (and the tapioca pearls) RAW!

    Raw Pinsky. Whoa.


  4. Love it! Did you really write that with ABC pasta?!
    My apologies Jama, I just clicked the link for you from my page and it came up in error. I think I put a period or something after your link address. I will fix it!


  5. I have to tell you I have never been described as irrepressible before. (thank you – now I have to look it up 🙂
    Great ABC poem!
    I fixed your link on my blog (sorry it was wrong yesterday!) and I checked it and it’s in working order now!


  6. Too clever! I have come here a few times now (always tiptoed in and out without leaving a note), but always leave feeling I’ve had a treat. Thanks!

    Violet (Book Brew)


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