Shortly after the great Aretha Franklin died, the ModPo poets paid tribute to her in rengays (collaborative poems) and individual poems. Here are a few for you to enjoy. Let's start with a rengay.
Writer’s Group Bio:
HowModPoWritesPoetry is a global group of writers from five countries with a shared interest in haiku and short forms. We met taking ModPo (Modern American Poetry), a massive free online MOOC. The connections we made in the class were so strong, we didn’t want to lose them and formed our closed online writing group. We’ve been together for four years. One of our favorite forms to write is rengay, a collaborative haiku form in six stanzas developed by Gary Gay (American). Our group discovered many shared interests, one of which is jazz. When singer and song writer Aretha Franklin died recently, our poets wrote her tribute poems (collaborative rengay & sole author).
A Selection of Rengay & Individual Tribute Poems to Aretha Franklin: by writers from the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand
Dee Aubert is a Mexican poet who resides in Switzerland.
Ingrid Bruck lives and writes in Pennsylvania Amish country, US.
S.E. Ingraham is a Canadian poet from Edmonton.
Benita Kape is a New Zealand poet with an interest in Japanese short forms and the Western devised, (though based on haiku) rengay.
Julie Naslund writes in the high desert of central Oregon. She feels that poetry is an act of translation.
Leslie McKay is an Aotearoa/New Zealand poet and writing teacher.
Susanne Margono, a German poet, lives in upstate New York, US.
Michael Peck is a US poet and playwright from Utah.
And now for the music!
Let's start with "Don't Play That Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQEuVKDJx1I
Here she performs "Rock Steady" on Soul Train:
I have to add "This is the House that Jack Built": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmUXnQ_35-U
Have to include "Freeway of Love" as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leg7hDIH-JY
This is her "Bridge Over Troubled Water": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9-yfeA2JZs
I don't know how to top this, so I won't. Enjoy!