This week: Poetically Speaking ... err ... Writing!Edited by: Fynacious
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Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had
the experience without actually going through it.~~Rumi
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.~~Leonard Cohen
Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.~~Dylan Thomas
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.~~Emily Dickinson
Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.~~Carl Sandburg
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.~~Rita Dove
Poetry is frosted fire.~~J. Patrick Lewis
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.~~T.S. Eliot
A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.~~Salman Rushdie
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.~~Robert Frost
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.~~Leonardo da Vinci
Drowning in the depths of my Nano-dream, my head firmly surfing the waves of my next book, I was asked today if I have a poem working its way into this book ... too. In my Journey series, I always have had a poem intrinsically meshing into the story. I don't. Panic set in. I need to find a way to incorporate one. Ah, deep breath. I will worry about that later. But no, I can't. Where? From whom? Why? It has to fit, to blend, to be absolute. Later, I tell myself.
But it got me thinking. Not about anything as simple as coming up with a poem that ties in numerous threads, but about how sometimes, my writing is descriptively poetic. Looking back over the third of the book written thus far, I realized that many times, when I am writing, that if I took that odd paragraph or two, resettled it upon the page in a typically free verse set of lines, that there is, indeed, poetry within it.
Especially when I am writing those 'important' sections -- those parts where the epiphany occurs or there is some major revelation-- I find myself writing in a more poetic style. I also notice it when I am describing things, an event or place. The words simply seem to flow in a more poetic vein.
Whereas a distinct poem is, in and of itself, a complete entity, using poetic devices when writing fiction or nonfiction, can, too, be very useful in pushing a story, thought or incident along its merry way. Just as poetry uses descriptive phrases in fresh, new, creative ways to give a clear picture to the reader, just as poetry seeks to evoke various emotions, so too do the words within a novel. Granted, oft times within the framework of a novel one has the freedom to use more words, to be, possibly, less concise or succinct, but the very nature of writing also give us the freedom to wax poetic where it can fit in without jarring the reader out of that 'reader space' by having a character act out of themselves or something along those lines.
Dreams, musings, ponderings can often take on a more poetic feel. Thinking to oneself rarely occurs in full, complete sentences, as we tend to 'think' in phrases. Dreams give us free rein to interpret what is going on in a different way. The considerations of multiple options, too, gives us the opportunity to muse, to filter out the day to day and contract the ideas, to place them within a poetic environment.
Just some thoughts from a sleep deprived, fairly over-worked and nano-fuzzed mind. *dives back into her book!*
Came across this - not poetry but for me it struck a crystal clear note!
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Hope all the Nano-ers had a productive month! And, if you got something new written and then life intervened and you couldn't/didn't finish? If you accomplished new writing and got further on a project than you were, then you still came out ahead. I know I am trying hard to get to the correct word count and that I may well fail at achieving that goal. BUT, I am ahead of where I was --which was nowhere and I am thousands of words farther than I have gotten in the last four years!
Sometimes life sticks its hand up, waves it around and tells you that, "So what if you have a month to crank out 50k words. I have a drive train giving up the ghost, clients needing my attention, friends who need hugs, love, or a kick in their posteriors, children who expect life to go on and trip still to be made and a hubby who needs to know you know he is alive!" Or a friend's son is coming home from overseas military duty and she is beyond excited - as she should be! Or a daughter gets married because Nano isn't in her sphere of concern. Or ... or ... or.
[ later on addendum - or losing a war with the top edge of the woodstove. Left hand 0 (but bad burn) -woodstove 1. ]
Yeah, there is all that! So if you tried? Congrats! If you made it? WAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!! But if you didn't or won't --it is okay. There's always next year! (as in January!!!) ~Fyn
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