Everyone. I’m going to cover festivals and competitions this time. A competition is an opportunity to have your newly written work measured against others. Apart from the kudos you might gain, who else is going to benefit from a competition? Often these are part of the essential fundraising for a literary or arts festival. All … Continue reading And the winner is …
In this series of blogs, I have tried to give you my personal view on how to write a poem, in particular a sonnet. I do not want to get too technical, there are books for that. It is now time to look at metaphor. This word stems from the Greek verb metaphorien “to transfer”. … Continue reading Using Metaphor
He wanted to write a symphony and put his whole being into its creation. Beginning with a slow introduction it would wend it way across wild aural landscapes towards a great climax: a peroration of bells and drums. The whole orchestra then rising to its feet in response to the audience’s thunderous applause. But instead, … Continue reading The Power of Constraints
Do you see yourself as spontaneous or a systematic worker? The style you adopt in writing poems will depend much on where you are on this spectrum. I believe a mix of these approaches is optimal. How do you get to that “quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems” [https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/poetry]? … Continue reading The Process of Poetry
Diverge Inhale, exhale. Go outdoors; gather your perceptions; experience life. And as you do, memorise those sights, sounds, tastes and textures. If you are not favoured with a good memory take a pen to jot down notes. This is the diverging phase of perception in the lifecycle of a new poem: the opening up to … Continue reading Where to Write?