Thursday Poem Share is back! The poem I’m posting this week came directly out of AWP, and also out of a new writing system I’m working on. Here’s the poem.
–poem is down waiting for the next adventure
Feel free to comment on my work in progress and/or to add your own work (or links to – not just poetry either) in comments so we can discuss. I will take down any pieces posted (including my own) a week from today.
The new process I hint at comes from not having any “ideas” for poems. I decided to pick a day (that day has now changed) and to work on a piece in my journal for the whole week. So let’s say my start day is today. I will sit down sometime today and just write. I won’t necessarily have a poem in mind, but I’ll just write. For the one above I just had the idea of “beautiful damage,” and I went from there. Each day I go back and read my notes and see if I can take anything there and move it forward. I’d say around Day 4 I usually end up with something that starts to seem poetic. Or at least that is the case for these first two weeks that I am trying this. I’ll keep doing it until Wednesday (for me) and then Thursday I type it up and post it.
Speaking of fours. Had a great seminar by Sandra Beasley at Poetry Hickory on Tuesday where she spoke about writing sestinas. I loved her idea that it was somewhere around the 4th stanza that such a complicated form makes you try something new. There is often a change in tone, or narrative at that point. Reminds me of sonnet writing, and how there is a moment of discovery. So, yes, I’ll probably try writing a sonnet again soon.
And just a few more notes since I feel everything around us informs us. A movie I watched recently that had a kind of poetic feel to it was Jeff Who Lives at Home, and a non-poetry book I read (but LOVED) was Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star which is the start of a new YA series with a bit of a mystery/supernatural feel to it.
I also spread the word yesterday that I’ve updated my services so stop by to look at the rates and offerings. Probably the biggest change is that I’ve added a class to run during National Poetry Month called Poetry Isn’t Just for Poets. I want us to not only think about writing poems in April, but what about reading and understanding them? Isn’t that part of where I love for words comes from? I hope some of you out there might join me. Feel free to spread the word!
And, then come back here to share