Big Tent Poem: An Open Letter to A Suicide Bomber

This poem was written for Big Tent Poetry’s Monday Wordle Prompt this past week. I decided to do something a little different this time around. I erased a couple of words from the original Wordle graphic and managed to use the rest in a poem…written directly onto the graphic.

I wrote this, inspired by Neil Reid’s poem, “The invisible human like a bomb”. You must go read this poem, which had a huge impact on me. It moved me to speak to her.

Click on the graphic below to enlarge and read. Feel free to print this, view it in another window, etc. Some of the verses are placed vertically because the original word I used in some cases is vertical in the original graphic.



Written 6/18/10
© Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.


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I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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17 Responses to Big Tent Poem: An Open Letter to A Suicide Bomber

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Nicole, I am stunned! How on earth did you do that? I have the greatest difficlty in even saving my wordles – though I have made some into postcards when my techy son was here.
    There is so much to your poem that I must come back and re-read in order to take it all in.

  2. pamela says:

    Nicole I am also stunned by this!
    you are very clever!
    I must go check out Neil’s poem

  3. brenda w says:

    Stunned, mesmerized, WOW! I printed this, Nicole. It is incredible. Your words are powerful, holding it in my hand and turning it from stanza to stanza…hold on tight. Gripping. My favorite! Bravo!

  4. angie says:

    this is wonderful; the visual aspect alone is mesmerizing. it is very much like that aftermath, reading through it all to find meaning … to find reason.

    “milk” is my favorite — tying it into their own.
    thanks, Nicole! you always bring us something new.

  5. James says:

    Wow. This is something not just to read but to explore.

  6. Carolee says:

    “don’t let them tell you this is the only way” is what speaks to me right now. and does it ever!?

    this is an amazing response to the prompt. just amazing.

    and it makes me really want to do more visual work with my writing … thanks for inspiring me!

  7. Robert Lloyd says:

    “Nameless return once again to the dust of stars” is just one of the many lines I loved from this poem. This is just flat out spectacular and amazing.

    Seeing and reading this poem reminded me of a discussion I had with a poet named Jeff Peeples. He is currently attempting to get Poets to trade their poet cards ( I guess its a fad with artists and their work they take there favorite piece and make 3×5 of it and swap it with other artists. I ramble I know Im sorry but my point is this would make a very unique Poet Trading Card. The visual is just as stunning and good as the poetry itself.

  8. Mary Kling says:

    Nicole, you truly are amazing! I am so impressed. Awed!

  9. Wow! I feel like I’ve been struck by lightning! A definite zapper! Awesome!

  10. Rallentanda says:

    Brilliant Nicole! Poetry as visual art.

  11. Irene says:

    It’s like a cypher for the unwritten.

  12. Deb says:

    There is so much to contemplate here I am not sure where to start.

    The title: “Open Letter …” works so well — and not just with the content, but with the form. To have made an erasure poem and them overlaid new text is a “letter” yes. A letter fragmented with pain and eons of crisis.

    That’s precisely why I think this form (glorious, and inventive) works with the topic. The situation in that area is so complicated the form is perfect for it. It allows many ways of reading, many ways of telling, many ways of showing. I could see this also as an animated poem that moves back and forth with additional layers. It might be overwhelming, but isn’t the subject.

    Brilliant. Yes.

    I hope to see more like these. And might even try my hand at one, but different subject. (Maybe.)

  13. vivinfrance says:

    Nicole, even two or three readings are not enough to take in every nuance of this poem. I shall print it (if I can) and come back to it again and again.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Stunning. I love how the fragmented, visual form works with the content to make the poem more visceral – literally gut-wrenching. The section on milk really got to me. What a poignant play on that word.

  15. A very impressive piece dealing with such a sensitive subject. The image of the father’s white knuckles is what’s staying with me right now.

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