November’s Theme – Grrrrrrr Argh

Long Live Buffy!
Long Live Buffy!

All of the angries!!! Let’s leap from whimsical galumphing to hard hitting villanelles; from random and abstract to deeply personal and intimate; from fun and light and imaginary to graphic and dark and all too real.

Theme – Aggression

Structure – Villanelle

Dear readers, I do not know if you have noticed, but I tend to lean toward the über emo in my poetry perhaps as an off setter to the extreme goof of my public persona. Aggression is a theme that especially appeals to me for this and many other reasons. And Villanelles are just awesome, we haven’t had one as our theme since December of last year!!! Which in my humble opinion is just way way wayyyyy too long. So ta daaaaaaaaa

Show us the worst of yourself – the side of you that stays locked away. This month, it is Mr. Hyde’s time to shine.

– Jessie Gutierrez

Submit to for publication here, or publish on your own site, link back to Red Strings and leave a comment.

“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”
― Joss Whedon


3 thoughts on “November’s Theme – Grrrrrrr Argh

  1. I’ve never heard of a villanelle, yet know the Dylan poem. This sounds like a difficult challenge, but a good one. Despite adoring Joss Whedon’s quote, I doubt that I’ll be able to create a poem; I’m much too literal when I write. However I look forward to seeing how others make this challenge happen.

      1. Jessie Gutierrez

        Agreed. Even though I tend toward the exaggerated and goofy, it seems to me literal poems are often the most revealing and intimate, because you aren’t hiding behind metaphors. And yes, isn’t that quote just perfect?

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