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open sky :: SAMVAAD |19th June

hosts: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Vandana Parashar


it all depends on a dandelion seed

the color of frost


---- Tyrone McDonald

( First published on January 31,2013, Mainichi Daily Haiku)

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Like Billy Dee I also remembered William Carlos Wlilliams' red wheelbarrow when I read this ku . Tyrone McDonald has given it a stylish twist and made it so unique and different from the usual dandelion verses we read all the time. His thoughts about this poem are simply these:


Thoughts: Dandelion seeds although a symbol of spring and rebirth reminds me of the grace of snow flakes the way it glides through the air. They are also very faint in color, more closer to grey than white. It's incredible that something so pallid contains such virility.

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Jun 23, 2022

A beautiful poem. Two-liners have a special impact I realise. Love his work!

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 22, 2022

This is my favorite 20th Century poem:


The Red Wheelbarrow So much depends upon


a red wheel barrow


glazed with rain water


beside the white

chickens


Williams, William Carlos. The Collected Poems: Volume I 1909-1939 (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1938)

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 25, 2022
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WCW's enigmatic poem has been widely anthologized and reviewed by many fine academics. Google it, or go to the Academy of American Poetry website and you'll probably find commentary there. Also look up "20th Century American imagist poetry." I'm on my mobile phone right now or I would post some links.

In my mind, the eccentric line breaks serve to slow the cadence, to make it a contemplative piece, not one that you rip through all in one breath. More or less like tanka, this poem is much more than a single sentence. It's a focused journey, rich in metaphor, particularly rural agrarian vs. industrialized American culture at the turn of a tumultuous century. I've been thinking about The Red…

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 20, 2022

I like this very much.

Reminds me of William Carlos William's Red Wheelbarrow, an early 20th C imagist masterpiece.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Jun 19, 2022

Amused with the beginning

'it all depends on'

A casual way of saying a deeper meaning.

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