Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "The Sugar Mouse"

The Torn World Muse Fusion is going well over in torn_world.  I've updated my original post so you can see a list of the stories I have written so far; those are available for sponsorship. 

The following poem is my freebie for this Muse Fusion.  It's a Southern poem, and I worked up some supporting notes which appear after the poem itself, for those of you who enjoy reading background tidbits from Torn World.  (Please bear in mind that Muse Fusion material is written on the fly, and should be considered potentially canon rather than official until it passes the canon board and appears on the main site.)  It was inspired by a title prompt from Torn World user Comtessa via wyld_dandelyon.

The Sugar Mouse
-- a Torn World poem

I tell you,
my friends, my enemies,
the world has run mad.

The license is made of frass.
The formal coat is made of tissue.
The reeds have beaten down the wind.

Everything is chaos --
earring, fertilizer, taxation!
desire, hollow, consent!

Look: here is a sugar mouse
being eaten by children.
Here is a skycat afraid of mice.

This is your cue,
my enemies, my friends
to throw me a round of applause --

sticky buns,
used napkins,
and apple cores!

    *   *   *
 This form is called jess irrajais  (rowdy poem) and is similar to the Terran tradition of Dadaist poetry.  The poems do not have to make sense, and indeed, often include surreal or nonsensical images.  Words may be chosen at random for lines, stanzas, or even the whole poem.  The poet often mocks societal norms.  Rowdy poems are usually composed by unlicensed writers and performed in unlicensed venues.  The audience often shouts, pounds noisily on tables, or throws things to drown out the recitation.  This practice -- which is considered applause by rowdy performers -- therefore appears in many rowdy poems, exhorting the listeners to greater heights of mayhem.  The coffee houses and bars where such poetry is performed often use the poems as inspiration for house specials.  "The Sugar Mouse" led to the creation of candy mice, which have become quite popular all over Affamarg.

irrara  (loud)
irrajai  (rowdy)
jess  (poem)
emus  (group)
ugemus  (mob, riot)
ugemu  (riotous)

jess irrajais  (rowdy poem)
jess ugemuss  (riot poem, riotous poem; an activist chant)
jaff ajaff  (lazy stanza)

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