Monday, 30 August 2010

One Shot Spotlight: Uncoiffed by Tess Kincaid aka Willow

Shortly after I started blogging, I stumbled upon a weekly meme called Theme Thursday and through that met Tess Kincaid aka Willow of Willow Manor.

Willow has the uncanny ability to bring people together. For the last several years she has hosted an annual Willow Manor (online) Ball that is attended by hundreds. This year she started Magpie Tales and is drawing a hundred participants a week.

And she is also an incredible poet. Some people just have it all don't they. Smiles. It is my honor to spotlight Willow today. She chose this from her repertoire to share with us. If you have not graced the halls of Willow Manor, I highly recommend you do so now.  ~brian

A Poem by Tess Kincaid

Aliens would render us useless
if they sucked all our nails
with some powerful magnet,
like a big vacuum sweeping
up bobby pins.

We would be a mess
without our carpet tacks
and gutter spikes,
penny size brads
hammered down with the gusto
and sweat of a nation's brawn.

A rapture of galvanized proportions,
they'd leave the buns and beehives
of our landscape
in disheveled heaps, raped,
uncoiffed bedrooms and barns,
bad hair days scattered
across America.

Tess Kincaid, 2010


Boonie S said...

This is so very unusual. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

All the best, Boonie

ninotaziz said...

And Willow is casually uncoiffed! Glad to meet you, Tess - but you will always be Willow to all of us!

Pete Marshall said...

a great spotlight to start the week Bri. i love this style, i try to slip it into my work sometimes as well, the continuation without taking a pause...

an excellent poem and can see why its a favourite..thanks willow (or tess)..a great share


annell said...

Interesting ideas and put together well. Nice piece. Thanks

willow said...

I'm very honored to be in the spotlight here at One Stop, Brian. Thanks, everyone for your kind and generous comments! xx

dustus said...

Appreciate the way your lines are both speculative and socially relevant. Nice tone and cadence. Thanks, willow. A great work to spotlight.

Fireblossom said...

Lordy, this one's gonna give me nightmares! LOL.

"like...bobby pins." I love it.

Willow is indeed a people-gatherer and it's been a great pleasure to me to have discovered her Magpie Tales a few weeks ago. She rocks.

Maureen said...

Thank you for highlighting Willow and this wonderful poem.

Claudia said...

this is fantastic!
i will never think of carpet tacks and gutter spikes the same…
hammered down with the sweat of a nation's brawn…wow!

Jessie said...

very powerful. there are days when i sense the "aliens" are doing just that..."rendering us useless" --

i guess we all have our own ideas of "aliens."

warm smiles,

signed...bkm said...

congrat's to Willow for being highlighted here...well deserved...i have never been one who wants to meet an i know for sure...they would come after the gold in my tooth..and that is scary....bkm

Caty said...

very unique and enjoyable poem. I love visiting Willow Manor and Magpie Tales as well~

Mama Zen said...

I really like this!

PattiKen said...

This is fantastic. I love the image of a nation of bad hair, all bobby pins sucked away along with everything else that holds us all together. Thanks for featuring Willow, Brian.

And, Tess, I agree, you will stay "Willow" to me. How could there be a Willow Manor without a Willow?

TALON said...

A nation of bad hair days - oh oh! It would be a scary scary place. This was a really neat poem. Nail sucking aliens sound terrifying! I saw it all collapsing. Thanks, Brian, for introducing me to Tess :)

kkrige said...

"uncoiffed bedrooms and barns,
bad hair days scattered
across America."

Great lines Willow. Indeed a scary image. Ha!
Nice spotlight on a lovely lady in the blog-o-sphere Brian.

joanny said...

Wonderful post on Tess Kincaid aka Willow, her blog is fantastic, wonderful stories about all sorts of interesting topics, from her resident ghost(s), to her delicious earthy recipes, and a long line of interesting ancestry, peppered with her poetry, her favorite book at the moment or movie.

She is just a delight to visit her blog.


Robert Lloyd said...

I stumbled across Willow a few months back and her wonderful Magpie Tales. She inspired me to take on a a project of my own. As someone said before she may be Tess but she will always be Willow to me. She is a wonderful writer and person. Congrats to a well deserved spotlight.

Tina said...

Loved this. Vivid images and wonderful language. You're a star!