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Poets...Lend Me Your Ears
If someone were to tell me that the majority of writing on WDC consist of poetry, I would not have the least problem believing such an opinion. I truly believe that the Sun never sets on the poetry empire of WDC.
This being the case, I wonder how many of this great number would attest that they truly understand the technical aspects of what they are writing if indeed there are any such in relationship to their verses? That is to say, how many of our community of poets are poets indeed. We must all know that it is one thing to write lines of metered rhyme, prose, or free verse, but it is quite another thing to grasp the technology of what you are writing.
Right here on WDC we have our very own poetry teacher. Professor Dave heads up the 'Poet's Cafe' If your desire to learn your poetry craft, Dave will supply all the information you need. I must admit that I have not read a great many of Dave's instructions because either my discipline or mental acuity felt lacking. But maybe that was just a cop-out for being lazy.
I have always loved poetry. Back in the dawn of time when I was a young man contemplating whether I would be drafted to fight in Vietnam, I would go out at night, sit in my car and write verse. I am not of any illusion that it was good verse, but I spent many pleasant hours emptying my heart upon those pages. I still possess those ancient writings to this very day.
I continue to write rhyming verse and free verse, although I am primarily a primarily a non-fiction writer. When I do write verse it is usually free verse because I have never been one who appreciated being constricted by rules. Even so, I would very much enjoy learning the nuts and bolts of well-crafted poetry.
All of you poets out there, do you really know whether your poetry is up to the challenge of examination? Let's not whistle past the graveyard. Let's find out the truth about our poetry.
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