A Word from the Poet

o bloggers of slugger otoole
the poetry’s there as a tool
so look in the gaps
make comments perhaps
on the issues – not on the scansion or the rhyming scheme or the misdemeanours of trochee-isms – to do this would be rather cruel – ahem

From Dave Wood, via Miss Fitz

  • Nevin

    [i]o bloggers of slugger otoole
    the poetry’s there as a tool
    so look in the gaps
    make comments perhaps[/i]

    you’ll soon see the poet’s a fool …

    Perhaps folks might focus more on the issues if the poet focussed a little more on making a poem that was skillfully crafted?

  • Pete Baker

    A [somewhat derivative] Word from a Critic

    O poet [now] of Slugger O’Toole.
    You say the poetry’s there as a tool,
    we should look in the gaps,
    find the issues, in fact,
    but on poetic criticism refrain.

    My problem is this – the tool is blunted in the attempt to turn it into a campaigning weapon and the issues, in turn, blurred by the now-blunted tool.

    The gaps widen.

  • Is this a message for the Core team here @ Slugger? Maybe next it’ll be a message from God… then another cult is born the Sluggeriteswho might visit us at home… then we can have more folk to slam the door at, not just JW’s Mormons etc.

  • Rory

    “..blurring” with “..blunted tools”, Pete?

    Exactly how would one contrive that? I’m having a wee bit of trouble with the imagery here.

  • Pete Baker


    there was hardly time to pass through sufficient edit and revise, edit and revise cycles.

  • Rory

    Never mind, Pete. Sure it could happen to the bishop.

  • Pete Baker

    Oh I don’t mind, Rory, I know what I intended it to mean.. and I think the idea behind the imagery is still visible.. even with the borrowed imagery.. and even when it’s accurately quoted. ;p

  • joeCanuck


    Rather than slamming the door on those deluded folks, it’s much more fun to tell them that you have something cooking and you need to turn it down and that you’ll be back in 5 seconds. Then calmly close the door and go and read a book.

  • Donnacha

    I rpefer Billy Connolly’s cure to enthusiastic religionists banging on his door. He announces loudly: “I am naked and I have an erection. I am opening the door in 10…9…8…”

  • Joe,
    I’ll leave the door ajar and tell them last night I had a vision, a message from God (delivered by the Core Team @ Slugger)and God told me to record what I’d seen and write it down and …


  • Miss Fitz

    Well, at least I said it was via e-mail and not via vision or camel…….

  • Miss F,
    I’m sure Rev McIlveen would quote the Scriptures on this occasion, from the New Testament, the book of Hebrews and chapter 1 and verse 1.
    God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets
    Maybe today sister he’s using modern day prophets, or (alas) modern day poets such as Davoid Would 😉