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?
A poem has to have a subject. We’ve dealt with that in previous blogs. It might be about your father, a Ferrari, your last stroll in a forest, or an exciting work of art. This choice is informed by your life experience. But your work must also have a meaning above that of its subject. … Continue reading What’s the point of a poem?
On a train, in a café, you may come across a creative idea as one does a scenic lookout. How should you treat this idea? Commit it to the final draft of your poem? Imagine a narrow path through scrubland suddenly opens up into a visual cliché, a panorama. Framed by low railings. A genuine … Continue reading When you come across a creative idea
What should you write about? A temptation is to share how you feel about something, or someone, that dramatically impinged on your being. Do not do this. By all means, use your experience of life to inform your work. More sophisticated viewpoints would include putting yourself in the mind of another character: famous, historical or … Continue reading Self, Seasons or Turkeys