The minds poetry group. | P R O M P T 3
\\ 2 winners get 50T each.
Congratulations to the nineteen poets who submitted their poems to the minds poetry group’s third ever poetry prompt. This is a big jump from the second prompt, which saw six submissions -- itself a big jump from the first prompt of only .. two.
And since the last prompt, we’ve doubled in membership. Is it something to do with upping the ante to two 50T prizes and 5T submission tip? Nineteen poems is A LOT of work generated, and it’s not like they were just dumped. These were poems specifically written in response to what this group has asked of its members. What we have here, I believe, could serve as a prototypical model of what a group can be on #minds.
Right? This is supposed to be token economy, and it turns out we can use tokens to motivate work. Challenging, creative work even, and then we can use this as an engine of network. This could potentially be pretty powerful, especially in conjunction with our weekly gatherings (Tues 8 PM EST.)
Imagine a Minds 10x its current size, with a dozen groups working like this, energized, tokenized, all with their own domain of output, whether it be photography or philosophy, art, journalism, computer science, film, fiction, music, etc. etc. and certainly the tokenization and moderation would be tweaked to perform, but all I’m saying is this: it’s a promising lead that this group, this poetry group, is possible. Poetry ain’t exactly :finger quotes: accessible. But here we are accessing it!
And we must not make the mistake to think it’s all about quantity and not quality. .. Hard to make that mistake, granted, given the quality of these poems! This prompt was about the soul, and we received a real response. These nineteen poems offer, in @SatoriD’s language, a *mosaic* of souls, each with its own surprising take. @voxveritum shows us a speaker saturated with the world’s beauty while @Esotariq recounts the horror of hollowness. He asks, what is north of North? @bekanode muses that terror purifies the soul, carefully picking across stepping stones of thought. @musewithscissors expands Jung’s gendered dynamic, writes ‘She’ll fuck louder than a thunderstorm. / She’ll sing in a frequency only he can hear’ while @MerryBoomer’s poem jumps ahead with melancholy, many years after parting: ‘true, our signs were not a great mix, earth and fire/ why would you, a Taurus, commit to one/ who dabbles in poems and paint pots?’ An answer might be heard in @TheGypsyThread’s terse poem: ‘'Tis lost/ Desire for completion/ The unfinished page/ Vessel halfway filled/ Fire without a spark.’ His poem is desolate as @futurehumans beginning: ‘Many battlefields are our men haunting’ critical, he repeats, ‘you just want more.’ @MH40 joins to make the chorus, ‘The cash, the gold; all the bitter cold-The wind that shrieks in the eaves.’ .. This world of desire might make for a kind of Ganzfeld effect, @AndurantKrinn explores, and takes us into a meditation and a brush with divinity. @NONENE7 gives us a different meditation, into ‘nothing like the sound of rain’ where in thirty-four words creates an infinite Russian doll opening inwards of writing. Does that scare you? Is insanity infinite? @Buffie outlines dread, characterizing it as a ghost, a disembodied memory, ‘the death of me is the death of it’ while @Tamika_Petersen chants ‘Eat my tongue./ Eat my tongue.’ and pops the pill. ‘JUST STOP and look around at our misery! to acknowledge it! tear down the walls of Illusion!!!’ cries @ChrisDooGood! But what to do with the mistery? Here’s @CalmAnder suggesting, ‘Transcendent answers begin to bring calm,/ And bless being, with hopes beyond desire./ The deep finds its bounds, yet a source forever.’ @SatoriD adds, ‘it's time we thought about/ transcending the screen.’ And too, there is @acoatforamonkey, eyes tilted up to ‘Not at the silent wisdom/ Of the moon or of the sun/ But at some intangible and empty space/ Of endless impossibility.’ 'weaving with realities as it all becomes one' murmurs @Rushofwaves as the Minds Token clanks on the empty bottom in @frankcasts poem. @plutojayce ends: ‘Now is that something worth believing/ I forgot, guess I'll be leaving’.
Of course, there are many, many more connections and relations between these poems as they thread through this common condition. You can see for yourself! Before we announce the winners, I’d like to once more link to each of our submissions for your own reading:
@Rushofwaves -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/949161389803876352
@frankcast -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947949089935036416
@Esotariq -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947501324987056128
@voxveritum -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947404918480478208
@TheGypsyThread -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947260950545223680
@plutojayce -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947251182239809536
@futurehumans -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947199232977108992
@CalmAnder -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/947087661789392896
@bekanode -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/946956857375379456
@acoatforamonkey -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/946814125374672896
@musewithscissors -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/945878111927439360
@MH40 -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/945368796211863552
@SatoriD -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/945040453335552000
@Buffie -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/944730769515540480
@AndurantKrinn -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/944466771018076160
@NONENE7 -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/944231242346872832
@Tamika_Petersen -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/944224166526398464
@MerryBoomer -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/943082284489437184
@ChrisDooGood -- https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/942991121904365568
(thank you everyone who voted and reminded the post!)
@Rushofwaves wins 50T popular vote with five votes!
@NetizenX with three votes
@CalmAnder with two votes
@MH40 with two votes
@musewithscissors with two votes
@Bekanode with one vote
@plutojayce with one vote
@chrisdoogood with one vote
@voxveritum with one vote
My pick for the second 50T prize goes to @Esotariq who not only wrote a deep and thoughtful poem for the prompt, but also included in the comments a full-throated soundcloud reading that I think is seriously worth a listen!
Congratulations! to the winners, and also thank you to all participants, readers and members of the minds poetry group. Thank you for your time and attention and engagement, and all those kind words. Remember to stay tuned for the next prompt! It’s gonna be a bigger pot :o
And oh yes, come to our gathering every night Tuesday at 8pm EST! As per @Rushofwaves suggestion, we’re gonna try out an Open Mic format, so think about something you might want to perform, mm.
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