Tired Language

Platitudes, clichés, banalities … they show up newspapers, magazine articles, and on the daily news, until I turn my hearing down and reach for strong words. Or just turn off altogether …

TIRED LANGUAGE

I deep-fry the alphabet                                       
in pure olive oil
dip a spoon to gather
leaves of novelettes
scatter exotica in mail boxes
to be hand-delivered
dripping vowels on doormats

then slide in pages of dialogue
over the floor up & downstairs
to parse each riser before
wiping down the banister

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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1 Response to Tired Language

  1. Francine M. Sylvestre-Wallace says:

    Great recipe Joanna, and the production
    of a great word cook!

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