Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NaPoWriMo: Michele Brenton

April is National Poetry Writing Month. In celebration of poets everywhere, and to encourage those who are just embarking on their literary journey, I will be posting poetry (not mine) each day for the month of April. Please take a look and enjoy this special art.

Michele Brenton

Michele Brenton's poetry was first published 2001 when her poem 'Enemies' got into the 'When the Teacher Isn't Looking' anthology brought out by Pan Macmillan and more recently in 2011 with the inclusion of two of her poems in 'Prompted - An International Collection of Poems' an anthology edited by Dr Pearl Ketover Prilik.

Three books of her seven book series the 'Alternative Poetry Books' (the Yellowedition, the Pink edition and the Blue edition) published in paperback & as ebooks by Endaxi Press can be found fleetingly from time to time in the Amazon poetry bestsellers lists.  The Alternative Poetry Books were conceived as a way of allowing both sides of Michele's poetry personality to co-exist comfortably in one volume.  Michele Brenton the poet produces thoughtful more serious works while banana_the_poet has fun uppermost in mind when penning a poem.  The 'alternative' series has funny/quirky poetry beginning on the 'odd' pages and her serious poetry titles can be discovered on the 'even' pages.
As banana_the_poet (Michele's quirky/satirical/funny poetry persona) she was voted the most popular human poet by the Twitter community in the Shorty Awards 2011.

Her last two books were satirical poetic parodies of the Fifty Shades phenomenon.

Imagine that!

Some children think the very worst thing
is having to eat their greens.
They haven't opened their imaginations
to what that really means.
If you saw your food the way I do
it would make you smile and laugh,
'cos gazing over your plate is like an aerial photograph.
It's not broccoli or Brussels sprouts
if you play you're in the sky.
It's fields of trees and cabbages
beneath your giant's eyes.

You reach your giant hand
carrying a giant fork
and spear a tree or two
and stick it where you talk.
You are so giantly giantish
living a giant's life,
that you can eat six cabbages
no need to use a knife,
they fit inside your giant mouth
and you give them a giant chew
and suddenly greens are much more fun
if you see them the way I do.

by banana_the_poet

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