B.O.O.M (english poetry)

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B.O.O.M was built without structure or subject integrity. Partly built in Portuguese, it was a poetic concept I dribbled into during my ‘poetic diary’ era, stemming from an old relationship I had for quite a while. We had made a habit of playing ‘BOOM’ (also known as The Devil’s Game, Don’t Screw Me, or The Mexican), near the marine front of the Tagus river, in downtown Lisbon, also called “Ribeira das Naus“. We also shared a very big passion for 60s music, which I referenced plenty ‘o times within the composition itself (“What a beautiful feeling” a line from Crimson and Clover, “Under the Boardwalk” a line from a song with the same name.)

The composition also references portuguese writer Eugénio de Campos, another shared passion, with the line “guided by horizons of desolated countries”, a loose adaptation of his verse “um horizonte de cidades bombardeadas” from Palavras Interditas.

It attempts to drawn from the general unfair game of expectation elevating a present sense of perception. Often we create an image proxy to widen the distance between what we experience and what we should ideally be feeling from that experience, allowing for an extension of understanding, but sacrificing present identities in the midst of our own perceptive images. This composition attempts to display that overly complex social mechanism in a more light, poetic manner, tugging and pulling between the ideal (syntaxis) and a more sharp version of reality (parataxis).




12 thoughts on “B.O.O.M (english poetry)

  1. When I watched The Kettering Incident years ago I heard that song Crimson and Clover, ever since it has been stuck on my mind.

    Btw, your poem is sublime!

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    1. Thank you so much Graci! I must say I’m not familiar with The Kettering Incident, I know all these songs from my dear father, who is a collector of 60s rock and pop songs in Vynil.
      Again, thank you so much.


  2. Absolutely beautiful work. I love the merging of imagery under opposing themes. The suggestion in the description. It builds unfolding pictures in the mind. It would unfold in different ways for different people. It is very intimate. It touches me.

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    1. Thank you so much, this is one of the most sincere and touching comments I’ve seen.
      I built it similarly to how one would play cards, hence why it unfolds differently: we all play in different ways. I’m thankful of your kindness beyond words, and I’m honoured that my humble composition touched you.

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      1. Not at all. I am deeply touched and honoured that someone like you would follow a pedlar of a poet like me. I am glad we can share this with each other. Your composition was one of those beautiful things that for a moment makes one appreciate what it is to be human, that one can have this overwhelming experience and pleasure through appreciating the beauty and eloquence of another’s words. I look forward to following and reading more of your work 🙂


      2. I’ve seen your poetry and I must say, it is also incredible. Far different from mine, but that’s the best part, it’s more literal and fluid, it showcases a deeper level of emotional tethering that can be tracked as your words progress. Mine is more aerial and imagetic, surreal at times. We write differently, but genuinely, and that bridges all vague concepts of talent and experience. We are expressive, we are the same, and I’m touched to share this world with people like you and others who I’ve found here on WordPress.
        We see beauty and we capture it.
        You’re better than you think, Nessy, welcome to this small land of Caliath.

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      3. Obrigada Johnny! (Don’t know Portuguese, know a lot of Portuguese speakers, trying to learn ha and noticed that you write poetry in that language also). Much appreciated. I completely agree, it’s fantastic to explore and experience different styles. Cheers to further explorations

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