Carrie Does Poems

Carrie Jones reads her poetry every week.

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May 23, 2022 00:02:16
King Kong Trolls

King Kong Trolls

Hi! This year (2022), I've decided to share a poem on my blog and podcast and read it aloud. It's all a part of my quest to be brave and apparently the things that I'm scared about still include: My spoken voiceMy raw poems. Thanks for being here with me and cheering me on, and I hope that you can become braver this year, too! King Kong Trolls The self-appointed writer-guru on Substack with four- thousand devotees to his biweekly missives has decided there are no more geniuses, really, not any more. Someone needs to tell him that he just doesn’t know where to look. The geniuses aren’t banging their chests, King-Kong like in their glory despite being ground dwellers, telling the world, “Look at me! Look at me as I roar and pontificate.” They are the discarded, dreaming, creating, thinking outside the main streams of plagiarized discourse, unnoticed beneath the giant feet of oversized apes capturing all the attention as our culture dangles from their plump, hairy digits. Hey, thanks for listening to Carrie Does Poems. These podcasts and more writing tips are at Carrie’s website, carriejonesbooks.blog. There’s also a donation button there. Even a dollar inspires a happy dance in Carrie, so thank you for your support. The music you hear is made available through the creative commons and it’s a bit of a shortened track from the fantastic Eric Van der Westen and the track is called "A Feather" and off the album The Crown Lobster Trilogy. While Carrie only posts poems weekly here, she has them (in written form) almost every other weekday over on Medium. You should check it out! https://freemusicarchive.org/music/eric-van-der-westen/the-crown-lobster-trilogy-selection ...

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May 16, 2022 00:03:07
Loneliness

Loneliness

Hi! This year (2022), I've decided to share a poem on my blog and podcast and read it aloud. It's all a part of my quest to be brave and apparently the things that I'm scared about still include: My spoken voiceMy raw poems. Thanks for being here with me and cheering me on and I hope that you can become braver this year, too! Loneliness He is known as he enters the emergency room, jeans sagging off his waist as an orderly ambles To meet him. He is hunching at the precipice between lobby and hall, intake and bathroom, and Ready to be seen. It is hard to be seen these days in a little Maine town full of tourists If you are Old. It is only easy right here, right now, in the liminal space before becoming A patient. We watch him totter, trying to decide. Go in? Stay out? Become Or remain. Before we arrived here ourselves for broken bones; children who gulped down Their own therapies in too many numbers; corneas scratched by tree limbs; we had to make Those decisions, too. Did we want to save ourselves or should we just embrace That all we are is pain and numbness and pain? We came, but others didn’t. We sought help. And waited and waited for it, looking at our origins in heart beats And blood levels, skeletons pinned and set straight again, stomachs pumped, Eyes numbed with drops we are told not to get addicted to. In his room now, just curtains For walls, the hunched man yells, Hello. No answer to his polite entreaty. Hello. Hello. There is no easy cure for him. Hello. He gives up, changes tactics, and bellows. I have ...

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May 09, 2022 00:03:45
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Bored and aching, I just wanted someone to love me.

Hi! This year (2022), I've decided to share a poem on my blog and podcast and read it aloud. It's all a part of my quest to be brave and apparently the things that I'm scared about still include: My spoken voiceMy raw poems. Thanks for being here with me and cheering me on and I hope that you can become braver this year, too! "Bored and aching, I just wanted someone to love me." We were visiting Mom’s best friend, An aunt who wasn’t an aunt, She taught school, the job my mother dreamed of Before unplanned babies and rushed marriage Turned her life into breaths clutching At meaning. The ladies stayed inside with coffee Laced with Kahlua and words steaming At the edges of truths while I walked to the lake, My body lurching forward. Last child by so many years Made me a lonely only and I started singing To the waves and the trees. The water-stained boards Of their dock made me think of mermaids and tears. Bored and aching, I just wanted someone to love me. This is why I am a poet. The dog emerged from the woods to the right, A Doberman. One of Mom’s men friends Had a dog like this. I reached my arms open, hugging the air And the dog bounded into them. From the deck of the house, My mother screamed, Carrie! No! Bored and aching, I just wanted someone to love me. This is why I exist. What are you? I whispered to the dog as her tail wagged And tongue lapped my face. When the grown-ups came running out, the dog shifted, Guarding me from their strange worries about credit and affairs, Husbands who might find things out, ...

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May 02, 2022 00:01:59
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Mourning

Hey, thanks for listening to Carrie Does Poems. These podcasts and more writing tips are at Carrie’s website, carriejonesbooks.blog. There’s also a donation button there. Even a dollar inspires a happy dance in Carrie, so thank you for your support. The music you hear is made available through the creative commons and it’s a bit of a shortened track from the fantastic Eric Van der Westen and the track is called "A Feather" and off the album The Crown Lobster Trilogy. While Carrie only posts poems weekly here, she has them (in written form) almost every other weekday over on Medium. You should check it out! https://freemusicarchive.org/music/eric-van-der-westen/the-crown-lobster-trilogy-selection ...

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April 25, 2022 00:01:41
Every Day, a poem

Every Day, a poem

Every Day The puppy galloped through the garden While the Fed-Ex guy told me about how His brain was fried. People keep offering Me beer, he says. They say they’ll hide it in my water bottle, but one accident and I’ll lose my job. God, I need it though. The tourists make everything harder as they walk Down the center of the streets. Cruise ships Anchor in the harbor. One has a giant slide That goes all the way around the ship, even on the outside. I feel like I’m on that every day, just going down. Hey. Is that your puppy eating something? I tell him, She chews at the roots of things, too. Every day. Hey, thanks for listening to Carrie Does Poems. These podcasts and more writing tips are at Carrie’s website, carriejonesbooks.blog. There’s also a donation button there. Even a dollar inspires a happy dance in Carrie, so thank you for your support. The music you hear is made available through the creative commons and it’s a bit of a shortened track from the fantastic Eric Van der Westen and the track is called "A Feather" and off the album The Crown Lobster Trilogy. While Carrie only posts poems weekly here, she has them (in written form) almost every other weekday over on Medium. You should check it out! https://freemusicarchive.org/music/eric-van-der-westen/the-crown-lobster-trilogy-selection ...

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April 18, 2022 00:01:45

"Celebrity"

Hi! This year (2022), I've decided to share a poem on my blog and podcast and read it aloud. It's all a part of my quest to be brave and apparently the things that I'm scared about still include: My spoken voiceMy raw poems. Thanks for being here with me and cheering me on and I hope that you can become braver this year, too! "Celebrity" Your life could be hated so much. Once celebrated, you must know the joy—never. Sitting by the sky’s vastness, Listening to the screams Hitting you. You must remember To open your arms and tumble to Earth And see if anyone embraces your bones, ascends; Sometimes we feel like skeletons. Ligaments, muscles, neurons barely holding it together. We make so many into angels, waiting For the fall. Hey, thanks for listening to Carrie Does Poems. These podcasts and more writing tips are at Carrie’s website, carriejonesbooks.blog. There’s also a donation button there. Even a dollar inspires a happy dance in Carrie, so thank you for your support. The music you hear is made available through the creative commons and it’s a bit of a shortened track from the fantastic Eric Van der Westen and the track is called "A Feather" and off the album The Crown Lobster Trilogy. While Carrie only posts poems weekly here, she has them (in written form) almost every other weekday over on Medium. You should check it out! https://freemusicarchive.org/music/eric-van-der-westen/the-crown-lobster-trilogy-selection ...

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