Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Gravel

GRAVEL

-noun
1. an unconsolidated mixture of rock fragments that is coarser than sand
2. (geology) . a mixture of rock fragments with diameters in the range 4–76 mm
3. (pathology) . small rough calculi in the kidneys or bladder
-verb (trans.)
4. to cover with gravel
5. to confound or confuse
6. (US) (informal) . to annoy or disturb

























Paper filled with gravel
Pastry cotton in a stark light
White lies beneath the sheets


Monday, 20 February 2017

Evince

EVINCE

-verb
(trans.) to make evident; show (something, such as an emotion) clearly

























A radiography of future wars
Evincing eyes swirling in the dirt
Playing a radiology of shadows

Only lights and music die.


Moon picture courtesy of The Bristish Library Commons

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Form

FORM

-noun
1. the shape or configuration of something as distinct from its colour, texture, etc..
2. the particular mode, appearance, etc., in which a thing or person manifests itself
3. a type or kind
4. a printed document, especially one with spaces in which to insert facts or answers
5. physical or mental condition, especially good condition, with reference to ability to perform
6. the previous record of a horse, athlete, etc., especially with regard to fitness
7. (British) (slang) . a criminal record
8. style, arrangement, or design in the arts, as opposed to content
9. a fixed mode of artistic expression or representation in literary, musical, or other artistic works
10. a mould, frame, etc., that gives shape to something
11. organized structure or order, as in an artistic work
12. (education) (mainly British) . a group of children who are taught together; class
13. manner, method, or style of doing something, especially with regard to recognized standards
14. behaviour or procedure, especially as governed by custom or etiquette
15. formality or ceremony
16. a prescribed set or order of words, terms, etc., as in a religious ceremony or legal document
17. (philosophy)
a. the structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content
b. essence as opposed to matter
c. (often capital) (in the philosophy of Plato) the ideal universal that exists independently of the particulars which fall under it
d. (in the philosophy of Aristotle) the constitution of matter to form a substance; by virtue of this its nature can be understood
18. logical form
19. (British) a bench, especially one that is long, low, and backless
20.  the nest or hollow in which a hare lives
21.  a group of organisms within a species that differ from similar groups by trivial differences, as of colour
22. (linguistics)
a. the phonological or orthographic shape or appearance of a linguistic element, such as a word
b. a linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning
23. (crystallography) . crystal form
24. (taxonomy) . a group distinguished from other groups by a single characteristic: ranked below a variety
-verb
25. to give shape or form to or to take shape or form, especially a specified or particular shape
26. to come or bring into existence
27. to make, produce, or construct or be made, produced, or constructed
28. to construct or develop in the mind
29. (trans.) to train, develop, or mould by instruction, discipline, or example
30. (trans.) to acquire, contract, or develop
31. (trans.) to be an element of, serve as, or constitute
32. (trans.) to draw up; organize


























Bullying batter
Into weird forms
Imperfect zombies
Fragrant with spices


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Behemoth

BEHEMOTH

-noun
1. (Old Testament) . a gigantic beast, probably a hippopotamus
2. a huge or monstrous person or thing


























Behold the gentle behemoth
Everybody’s lion sweetheart

Begging for scraps and cuddles

Friday, 17 February 2017

Respite

RESPITE

-noun
1. a pause from exertion; interval of rest
2. a temporary delay
3. a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
-verb
4. (trans.) to grant a respite to; reprieve





















A skylight that flits on water
From the steps of the world
A respite for houses flying on their sides.

To the stubborn river, across the sands of souls.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Conte

CONTE
[kɔ̃t]

-noun
a tale or short story, especially of adventure

















He woke, having no idea where – what - time was,
A tail of black feathers disappearing ahead of tea
A barrel of papers for an old man and his bag of shadows
Born from a yellow spring shining and darkness,

A creation conte involving cogs and murky waters.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Hatch

HATCH

-verb
1. to cause (the young of various animals, especially birds) to emerge from the egg or (of young birds, etc.) to emerge from the egg
2. to cause (eggs) to break and release the fully developed young or (of eggs) to break and release the young animal within
3. (trans.) to contrive or devise (a scheme, plot, etc.)
-noun
4. the act or process of hatching
5. a group of newly hatched animals

-noun
1. a covering for a hatchway
2. short for hatchway
3. a door in an aircraft or spacecraft
4. (informal) . short for hatchback
5. an opening in a wall between a kitchen and a dining area (also called: serving hatch)
6. the lower half of a divided door
7. a sluice or sliding gate in a dam, dyke, or weir

-verb
1. art to mark (a figure, shade, etc.) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shading


























A pencil moving on a crown
Deepening the shadow of sorrow
Hatching another dimension

Into life.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Lovelorn

LOVELORN

-adj.
miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love


























Feeling locked out
Lovelorn in the rain

Smiles at home unheeded

Monday, 13 February 2017

Ambiguity

AMBIGUITY

-noun
1. the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways
2. an instance of this, as in the sentence they are cooking apples
3. vagueness or uncertainty of meaning

























Looking through windows
rustling with the malaise of ambiguity
A perished sun of milk and tea

Dressed in pleasant colours

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Veal

VEAL

-noun
1. the flesh of the calf used as food
2. a calf, especially one bred for eating (also called: veal calf)

























The fun delights of
Veal tail braised and de-boned

Formed on a plate

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Somnambular

SOMNAMBULAR

-adj.

relating to sleep-walking




















Begging for love and scraps
An outdoors somnambular thief
Stealing sunshine among ruin 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Compassion

COMPASSION

-noun
a feeling of distress, sorrow, and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it


























Compassion at the cost of loose change
For the smoke and sky within a single stare

From proud hard streets lost in prayers


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Phlegmatic

PHLEGMATIC

-adj.
1. having a stolid or unemotional disposition
2. not easily excited


























The other night we stood in shoals
Phlegmatic at the sea’s south window
and on the other side the sun was heavy and far off
the wind blowing by the green of its flames

welcoming disaster as we chanted – our fears undiluted.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Relinquish

RELINQUISH

-verb (trans.)
1. to give up (a task, struggle, etc.); abandon
2. to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc.)
3. to release; let go


























A landscape, a storm, and a dark dog shining forth
Like sleep, relinquished in pure space, no person for the soul.
The sound of our shipwrecked boy is dressed in the sun.


Found poetry spurred with the help of Ross Goodwin's word.camera 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ash

ASH

-noun
1. the non-volatile products and residue formed when matter is burnt
2. any of certain compounds formed by burning.
3. fine particles of lava thrown out by an erupting volcano
4. a light silvery grey colour, often with a brownish tinge

-noun
1. any oleaceous tree of the genus Fraxinus, especially F. excelsior of Europe and Asia, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and winged seeds
2. the close-grained durable wood of any of these trees, used for tool handles, etc.
3. any of several trees resembling the ash, such as the mountain ash
4. (Australian) . any of several Australian trees resembling the ash, especially of the eucalyptus genus

-noun
the digraph æ, as in Old English, representing a front vowel approximately like that of the a in Modern English hat.

 
























I just remembered this:
In the eyes of women, in their tears,
All the gods of the world were changed
Into jars of storms, mountains of ashes,
Confined to the land of the shadowy,
And cold green-eyed oblivion;
Possession took control and freed us all
-Yet it didn’t change a thing.



Monday, 6 February 2017

Culch

CULCH

-noun
1. a mass of broken stones, shells, and gravel that forms the basis of an oyster bed
2. the oyster spawn attached to such a structure
3. (dialect) . refuse; rubbish

























Clinging on a rope
For dear life
Uprooted culch

Dying in the sun

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Partake

PARTAKE

-verb (mainly intr.)
1. (followed by “in”) to have a share; participate
2. (followed by “of”) to take or receive a portion, especially of food or drink
3. (followed by “of”) to suggest or have some of the quality (of)
4. (trans.) (archaic) . to share in

























Women, friends, old and new
Creatures with sweet green wings
A throat of natural kindness.
Partaking in a mad quest
For perfect ravioli


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Natty

NATTY

-adj.

(informal) smart in appearance or dress; spruce; dapper


























Naturally natty
But rolled out in chocolate
For special effects

Friday, 3 February 2017

Literature

LITERATURE

-noun
1. written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc., especially works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest
2. the body of written work of a particular culture or people
3. written or printed matter of a particular type or on a particular subject
4. printed material giving a particular type of information
5. the art or profession of a writer
6. (obsolete) . learning

























literature stacks wisdom,
a path to see the air.
I am perfect knowledge,
a no person and a textbook.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Moon

MOON

-noun
1. (sometimes capital) the natural satellite of the earth.
2. the face of the moon as it is seen during its revolution around the earth, especially at one of its phases
3. any natural satellite of a planet
4. moonlight; moonshine
5. something resembling a moon
6. a month, especially a lunar one
-verb
7. (when trans., often followed by “away”; when intr., often followed by “around”) to be idle in a listless way, as if in love, or to idle (time) away
8. (intr.) (slang) . to expose one's buttocks to passers-by


























In the name of the moon floats
A friend that has never seen a lie
Blue art seized by its own sea
The wind strives to walk again.



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fool

FOOL

noun
1. a person who lacks sense or judgement
2. a person who is made to appear ridiculous
3. (formerly) . a professional jester living in a royal or noble household
4. (obsolete) . an idiot or imbecile
verb
5. (trans.) to deceive (someone), especially in order to make him or her look ridiculous
6. (intr.; followed by “with”, “around with”, or “about with”) informal to act or play (with) irresponsibly or aimlessly
7. (intr.) to speak or act in a playful, teasing, or jesting manner
8. (trans.; followed by “away”) to squander; fritter
-adj.
9. informal short for foolish

-noun
(mainly British) . a dessert made from a purée of fruit with cream or custard




























A fool, a flower  living
To pay for love,

And another of the stories.



Erasure found poem using Ross Goodwind's word.camera application