Friday, May 07, 2010

Poetry Friday - Talk Nerdy to Me

I've mentioned before my love affair with the blog How a Poem Happens. Not only do readers get poems, but they can get into the heads of the authors and learn about the inspiration, number of revisions, time to completion (or abandonment), and more. This week I'm sharing the opening lines from Matthew Dickman's poem.
by Matthew Dickman

The skinny girl walking arm-in-arm
with her little sister
is wearing a shirt that says
and I want to,
I want to put my bag of groceries down
beside the fire hydrant
and whisper something in her ear about long division.

Read the poem in its entirety.
How could I not be drawn to a poem that includes long division, comic books, D&D cards, Dr. Who, String Theory, and other "nerdy" references? Yeah, I know it's a little racy, but I love it.

The round up this week is being hosted by Diane at Random Noodling. Do stop by and take in all the terrific poetry being shared. Before you go, be sure to check out this week's poetry stretch results. Happy poetry Friday all!


  1. "A little racy"? Oh, Tricia, I love you. I'd love to see what you think a LOT racy might be!

    I know what you mean, though - this is a seriously cool poem. (And I think I need that shirt.)

  2. Well, this is a G-rated blog, so I didn't want my gentle readers to be offended. We can chalk the modesty up to my Catholic upbringing!

  3. I love how all of those thoughts race through his mind between the time he reads her t-shirt and when he passes her making the Vulcan greeting hand sign!

  4. What a fantastic poem. "A little racy," indeed! I love how he's talking dirty-nerdy and then comes around to this lovely, sweet way of thinking and wishing her well.

    I also really love what he said when asked about his ideal reader:

    "My ideal reader is always myself. I am so at sea when writing a poem that there is no room in my capsizing boat but for one person."