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Monday Poetry Prompt: Philosophical


This week let’s write a philosophical poem. The trick is not to make it too abstract. Post your concrete example in the comments below.



About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.


9 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Philosophical

  1. Very much like Lisa’s poem. I can only get impressions from philosophy, not so much understand it, but I do like reading it. I’ve especially liked the impression I get from Husserl’s “the phenomenological reduction.” I’ve always liked reading about that. Still, I just get impressions:

    In Spring at the Sea Walk

    “Go back to the things themselves”
    –Edmund Husserl

    I’m on the sensible horizon
    of a wonderful physical canvas,
    a technicolored painting of ocean
    that changes but remains the same.
    The boats that pass belong here, even after
    they pass. The blackbird on the “Np Swimming —
    Rip Currents” sign, which, at high tide, sticks out
    of the waves on its two poles, belongs there
    even after it’s flown away.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Steve Croft | March 19, 2019, 12:49 PM
  2. Concrete philosophy…. Life is a paradox, and that just makes my head hurt!

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    Posted by JeanMarie | March 18, 2019, 6:12 PM

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