These are process poems.
My goal is to use these 100-year-old words and create my poems with them. I do not wish to make Sherlock Holmes poems, or directly make kitschy Œgiant rat of Sumatra1 references to make the poem stand up. No my hope to make something quite new using something old and familiar. The text is gathered from online electronic versions at Project Gutenberg then scrambled through a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This scrambling is to best take the words out of their present context and open the field to the full potential of the words themselves. The worry is the potential in using Conan-Doyle's wonderful text clusters.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who made his first published appearance in 1887. Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created this famous fictional detective, and indeed one of the most recognizable of literary characters. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring his creation. Holmes1 friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson, with the exception of two narrated by Holmes himself and two more written in the third person, narrated almost all. The stories first appeared in magazine serialization, notably in The Strand, over a period of forty years. This was a common form of publication at the time: Charles Dickens' works were issued in a similar fashion. The stories cover a period from around 1878 up to1903, with a final case in 1914.
Sherlock Holmes described himself as a "consulting detective", an expert who is brought into cases that have proven too difficult for other (typically official) investigators; we are told that he is on many an occasion able to solve a problem without leaving his home. He specializes in solving unusual cases using his extraordinary powers of observation and logical reasoning, and frequently demonstrates these abilities to new clients by making on-the-spot deductions about their personalities and recent activities. Holmes lived from the year 1881 at 221B Baker Street, London, an upper-story flat (in early notes it was described as being situated at Upper Baker Street), where he spent many of his professional years with his good friend, Dr. Watson, and with whom he shared rooms for some time before Watson's marriage in 1890. His landlady, Mrs. Hudson, maintained the residence. He retired to the Sussex Downs to study bees with a final book, The Practical Handbook of Bee Culture with Special Emphasis on the Queen, which he famously gave to the German spy Van Bork as a clue to his identity.
But these are no matter. Sherlock Holmes has always been a part of my life. My Grandfather was a Sherlockian and this was my way to understand him as a person. He was also a Yankees fan who was buried with a scorecard my mother slipped into his coat pocket. I am not a sportsman, but a bookworm. I have spent many evenings with Holmes and Watson and my love for them and their stories have kept me warm. I choose these, as a way to make them fresh and work with them in ways other forms simply cannot. Conan-Doyle has something here that he could not capture in any other of his many, many writings. I firmly believe that he was not happy, or contented that the public loved Holmes more than any of his literary projects. But these stories and the words that make them are much loved and I know that my job as poet is first to not destroy what is before me. However, the power of these stories can never let that happen! I am not sure what these will hold as all innovative writings thrive on the unknown, but for now, Come Watson the game is afoot!
For Gustave Morin
1. A woman whose husband has died and who has not remarried.
2. Informal. A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
3. An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the
highest bidder. Also called kitty.
1. A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over
top of the next page or column.
2. A short line at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
Tobacco Used: Peterson's Sherlock Holmes Mixture in Black Churchwarden pipe
Text Used : Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman (Illustrator, Introduction, and Noted by)
* Publisher: Barnes & Noble
* Pub. Date: October 2004
* ISBN-13: 9781593082031
* Sales Rank: 1,429
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Of the tragedy
To the convict
By the hand
Is his wife
Eyes with tears
With the police
To do it
Series of portraits
That is evident
You cannot come
Shouldn't do it
Sure of her grip
of a desperate woman
A house ahead of us
Fog is over the path
The wall of fog
Giant hound was dead
In the darkness
His face was buried in his hands
Only want our man
Open this door
And so atone
Lamp towards it
The russet slopes of the moor
May have forgotten
And with the neighbors
Cult still remained
Most likely to elucidate it
A deperate and dangerous man
Rival of the baronet
Purpose for which the beast was used
Might be offered
On the way
- The Game Is Afoot!: An Introduction
- Widow of the Hound of the Baskervilles
- Widow of the Hound of the Baskervilles: For Gustave Morin
Geoffrey Gatza is the editor and Publisher of BlazeVOX [books] and the author of seven books of poetry; Kenmore: Poem Unlimited and Not So Fast Robespierre are now available from Menendez Publishing. HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children is also available from Meritage Press. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY (1993) and Daemen College, Amherst, NY (2002), and served as a U.S. Marine in the first gulf war. He lives in Kenmore, New York with his girlfriend and two cats.