Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Fashion

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, 
the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. 
They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - 
all I hope for in my clothes.” 
― Yves Saint-Laurent


“My role in all of this is very simple. I make clothing like armor. 
My clothing protects you from unwelcome eyes.” 


“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.” 
― Lillian Hellman




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Midweek Motif ~ Fashion

Where do each of us intersect with fashion:  haute couture or ready-to-wear? new or used clothing? shoes? hats? jewelry? eyeglass-ware?  bags?  cars?  elsewhere? nowhere?

As designer, photographer, perveyer, buyer or audience?


Do you have a favorite designer?



Your Challenge:  Write a poem that explores fashion in your unique way.
~
New Fashioned Girls (Flapper Magazine, 1922)
from Old Magazine Articles



Couture by Mark Doty, 1953

1.

Peony silks,
            in wax-light:
                        that petal-sheen,

gold or apricot or rose
            candled into-
                        what to call it,

lumina, aurora, aureole?
            About gowns,
                        the Old Masters,


were they ever wrong?
            This penitent Magdalen’s
                        wrapped in a yellow

. . . .  (Read the rest HERE at poets.org.)


For a Daughter Who Leaves by Janice Mirikitani

“More than gems in my comb box shaped by the
God of the Sea, I prize you, my daughter. . .”
Lady Otomo, 8th century, Japan

A woman weaves
her daughter’s wedding
slippers that will carry
her steps into a new life.
The mother weeps alone
into her jeweled sewing box
slips red thread
around its spool,
her daughter’s first silk jacket
the same she used to stitch
embroidered with turtles
that would bring luck, long life.

. . . .   (read the rest HERE at poets.org.)



For those who are new to Poets United:  
  1. Post your new fashion poem on your site, and then link it here.
  2. If you use a picture include its link.  
  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
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(Our next Midweek Motif is the role of humor in our lives.)


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37 comments:

  1. Hi Susan, I plan to write later today. I like your prompt this week!

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    1. I figure it's out of the blue enough to set off a few sparks. And I haven't written mine yet either.

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  2. Thank you for the prompt Susan - not the cheeriest of times in j world but thank you for letting us write some of it out!

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    1. Always. You touched a nerve. But I am also smiling at the skill with which you wrap art around it.

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  3. Good Morning Poets United! I slept late! I've been sleeping. To someone who hasn't been sleeping this is like a Christmas gift everyday--one you want!

    I hope you enjoy or rage at the idea of fashion. I hope you open your secret drawer of fabrics and wish books. I hope I'll see you all over the next few days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday--this is the Midweek Motif!

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  4. Good everning everyone. almost midnight in my side of the world, will write a haiku tomorrow

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    1. Looking forward to your return, Totomai!

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    2. Done. will be reading later. work time.. .running late lol

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  5. I am more than a fashion
    statement, for sure ---
    not for the masses.

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    1. Welcome, Brian. Your fashion statements are welcome here

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  6. LOL, Brian! Intriguing prompt, Susan. Back in a bit.....

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  7. Blending in - standing out - fashion is such a mess.

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    1. Fine poem, Brother, a vision to be seen.

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  8. Annell--Your page isn't coming up and I cannot find you to fix it. I hope you check in again. If anyone else knows how to get there, let me know please.

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    1. I found yu and I fixed your link. What lovely poems.

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  9. Coming out of slumber I figure this would be a good place to start. My writing plays with a bit of the fashion idea more in a free form prose sort of way but it does touch on it a bit. Thank you for the inspiring prompt.

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    1. Robb, you have no idea how THRILLED I am to see your name pop up here. Welcome home, my friend. SO happy you are writing - and linking - again. YAY! You just made my month!

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    2. So glad to see you, Robb..... I will be around later today... Glad you are writing again.

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    3. Glad you like the prompt, Robert Lloyd. I hope you come and hang out with us a lot!

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  10. I had fun trying to find a way to arrive with a 'nature' angle...thank you for the challenge, Susan!! :)

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    1. Perfection, Hannah. If I were as well put together as a bird, I might never change clothes either!

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  11. Thanks for the prompt, Susan. I appreciate your hard work and continued efforts. Good to be here after a long hiatus.

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    1. And how exciting to see Robb and OO posting here! Woo Hoo! 2015 is luring a lot of us out of hibernation.

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    2. It's always good to see you, Kim.

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    3. Kim, so nice to see you again, and Ollie. This year is starting off just wonderfully!

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  12. I could not resist using a couple more of Totomai Martinez' photos for my poem on fashion! I enjoyed writing this poem, Susan. A really inspiring prompt!!

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    1. I love his photos. Thank you for the poem and praise, Mary.

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  13. Annell, your link did not work again. Could you provide the correct link?

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  14. I am in as well ~ Thanks Susan ~

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  15. I practice here and it's fun. Thanks.

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  16. Annell's link works now, Poets United!

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  17. Wow, I can feel poetry in the air.

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