This week: Some Random Thoughts About NAPOWRIMOEdited by: Fyn
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A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ~W. H. Auden
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. ~Plato
Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity. ~Samuel Beckett
A poet’s work … to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep. ~Salman Rushdie
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Khalil Gibran
What the world wants, what the world is waiting for, is not Modern Poetry or Classical Poetry or Neo-Classical Poetry — but Good Poetry. And the dreadful disreputable doubt, which stirs in my own skeptical mind, is doubt about whether it would really matter much what style a poet chose to write in, in any period, as long as he wrote Good poetry. ~G. K Chesterton
Always be a poet, even in prose. ~Charles Baudelaire
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. ~Robert Frost
Some Random Thoughts
1. Ever since Brandon Leake won America's Got Talent with spoken word poetry and Amanda Gorman recited her poetry at the Inauguration, suddenly poetry has leapt into the foreground and become the 'cool kid on the block.' Couple this with April being National Poetry Month (in the US, at least) and suddenly poetry is everywhere! This makes me so very happy! People are googling their work to actually read their poetry. Part of the reason, sad as it may be, that their poetry has become so visible is because they had the opportunity to speak their poetry in front of large audiences. In a world where reading, has, pathetically, become no longer done for pleasure, hearing the poetry has awakened that lost soul and it is now screaming for attention. Now is the time for poets and their poetry to grab on and go for the ride!
2. Having committed myself to writing a poem a day for the month of April, I had a few second thoughts. Would I be able to commit the time and effort necessary to accomplish my mission? Well, that proved to be a non-issue ... at least at this point. Having had a dry spell, apparently, my muse has decided to go into overdrive. Makes me wonder, if having that challenge hanging overhead, isn't a good thing and something that could spark others into joining the fray!
3. NAPOWRIMO could also be a golden opportunity for those who don't 'think' they are poets, per se, to try their hand at it. I can think of a number of WDC-ers who consider themselves short story or novel writers who, given their 'poetic style of writing could be stellar at it if given the opportunity to spread their wings a bit. Focusing one's writing in one main area shouldn't necessarily preclude them from trying something new or, possibly, out of their comfort zone.
4. This could be a prime opportunity to try types of poetry that may be new to you. Google Sestinas or Pantoums. There are different versions of sestinas (primarily, the ordering of how the words repeat) so check out the variances and have some fun!
5. Thirteen days in and I have twenty-seven poems for the month. I think every idea I've had in the last six months is pouring out of me. Some days, I've written three or four. Other days, just one. One day, I thought I was done for the day. Was allllllmost asleep. Nope. My muse went, "What if you were to ..." and (sigh) I was up and heading back to the computer. A series of days of poetry can do that to you.
6. There's no prize for doing this. No grand reward. No parage or band marching down the hallway to wherever you write. There IS the satisfaction of taking on a challenge and achieving that goal. And, just because May isn't a national poetry month, it doesn't mean you couldn't try writing a poem a day for a month. If that sounds just too daunting, try for two weeks or a week. Point is, writing is writing and any day you are writing is a good one!
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