Ode to Misfits (Audio)

Ode to Misfits (Audio)

A Poem by Alessander

This is to all those misfits

To the Romeo car-washing in Inglewood inlets
To the Hippy trading crystals on the Venice boardwalk
The Magician swallowing 8-balls at the Huntington Beach peer
The Rapper selling CDs in Ranch Market parking lots
The Thug tatting in a makeshift garage
The Poet slinging chapbooks at cafes and rec centers…


Not androids pontificating from lecterns
But grimy roots burrowing deep
Seismic rumblings toppling down
Insured ivory towers
Smashing pilled-paradigms beneath Docs
Hustling and bustling
In the forbidden outshacks of civilization
In tents, over barbed-wire, beside shards
Desperate and burning
For neither Truth or Beauty
But for LIFE

They do not tap wrists
No,  they thump chests
To feel it beat
To feel it rage
For fugitive fugues
For new eternities

They embrace
Whorehouse romance
Graveyard necromance
The holy hunger for change
Defying commercials and charts
Shivering and howling on streets
Waging guerrilla war
To liberate the cubicled heart


© 2018 Alessander



Author's Note

Alessander


Here's the SoundCloud version. Cheap and rough, but hey, that's misfit style, right?

Avi by some Fr "urban artist" named Ore (as far as I can tell)

https://twitter.com/ore_urban_art

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I see a problem with many writers who think simply rhyming or long spaces make poetry. That is not you. You are one of the few who can think more emotionally complex and create with thought and meaning. Writing was always meant to be an art, not love letter variations of "roses are red, violets are blue."

I appreciate the effort you put into this. I do not like to give false compliments or stroke anyone's ego. So know that when I say something I mean it. You should certainly keep writing. I sincerely think you can only get better.

Posted 1 Year Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

1 Year Ago

Agree whole-heartedly.
Just think it sometimes takes a while for poets or writers to find th.. read more



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I think you described misfits well.. I love the descriptive wording you used to describe each scenario..

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

5 Months Ago

Thanks for reading it, April. I really need a better quality Ramones song lol
April Blue Flores

5 Months Ago

:) :) :) :)
I had to read this several times because once was not enough to fully digest the images. These misfits have always been my heroes. Desperate and burning... yes. Your style resonates with me. You’ve found a way to cut through the bull and really write. That’s rare. The result is spectacular.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Alessander

9 Months Ago

Cool. Glad you dig it. I know my style can be gruff and raw - not exactly pink fonts with sunsets..... read more
Elizabeth

9 Months Ago

Raw is real. If writing isn’t real, why bother? And you’re welcome. Compliment was well deserved.. read more
Truly enjoyed the halogen light cast upon suffering and survival in the human parking lot. I'll just find a shady spot in the back of the bar to pick at the scabs of my dreams. They were open wounds once so things can improve with time I guess. Certainly your poetry isn't lacking in expression. I'll visit again soon. Stepping into the glare has left me temporarily blinded. I hope the other misfits enjoyed this. I know I did.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

9 Months Ago

oh, "halogen". Gotta squeeze that in a poem.

Yes, I hope the title draws in all the m.. read more
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Hmm, emotionally complex yet vaguely exciting. It's structured somewhat chaotically but is beautifully written all the same.

Personally I see this as Chaotic Love or just plain Chaos regarding the meaning of Life, at least partially.

'Tis a mad, mad world, my friendly Serial Killer...

Very nice piece of writing, Mr. Bateman! ;)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

1 Year Ago

Yes, in some ways this and "Dreams" are somewhat twin poems as they touch on many of the same themes.. read more
Lovecraft

1 Year Ago

It very well did, Patrick! ;P
The complexity of these words is astonishing. I appreciate you for writing about those that are far from the norm of the world. we are the ones just insane enough to write about, right?
Line such as "shivering and howling on streets" and "the holy hunger for change" make me really think about the outsiders and how different each of us are.

This poem was written carefully and with great complexity. I enjoyed every word.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

9 Months Ago

Thanks a lot, Brittany.
Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

T.. read more
I love the title, this is so tight! I loved the Californications of the first stanza and the general lingering tone. A salute to the brave and wistful hearts who know no inhibition nor constriction.
Tight vibe and flow. I loved it! Regards Rach x

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

1 Year Ago

Thanks for digging it, Rach.

yes, brief cruise through cali, but like you say, wistfu.. read more
aLittlePain

1 Year Ago

You're welcome
The anthem for all cubicled hearts that long to shed their 9-5 skins and join the misfits who didn't sell out... Love it. You lead, I'll follow.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

1 Year Ago

to the internet commune!

Yes, the discontent brooding beneath the skin of "civilizat.. read more
Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

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BBP
Hell Yeah! The title got me to look and the poem didn't disappoint............. The Thug tatting in a makeshift garage..... you nailed someone that everyone in So Cal knows.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

1 Year Ago

roar to life! Yes, I was trying to kinda make this an "L.A. poem" choosing specific locals that cove.. read more
BBP

1 Year Ago

I would think everywhere has one of these characters lurking around....but you did well keeping it ".. read more
lower middle class escapism. your word choices are very advanced and genuine. brilliant imagery man. Good stuff again!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

.....From one misfit to another,
Right on!
Thank you for sharing this-- :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Alessander

1 Year Ago

Thanks, revalatia!

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Added on December 24, 2016
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