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?
You find the boxy room at the rear of the bar. The bartender had regarded you in a strange way when you’d asked for this meeting room: for the room where the poetry readings are held. A gloomy corridor. And then, in you go and whoa – it’s full of strangers. You feel the need … Continue reading Reading out loud
A poem is a gift wrapped for an occasion, whereas prose keeps on giving. Let’s explore this a little. Many have tried to define the difference between prose and poetry. I cannot claim any authority; this is just my opinion. The distinction is blurred and trying to define it may be as useful as similar … Continue reading Is it prose or poetry?