Poets don’t ink everything. Photo Source: Hilary Dotson, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr
What, you mean that a poet might be hiding details from you, the dear reader? Perhaps. Grins. Here are five of the things a poet doesn’t tell you – until now!
Poets and Visions, or Lack of
It’s not always the case that the poet has a vision of what to write about when picking up a pen or putting fingers to keyboard. Instead, some writers go with the flow and get swept up within the moment as one line leads to the next one. This smooth flow often leads to beautiful poems because of its fairly effortless creation.
On Poetry Being ‘Dead’
Despite the familiar cries of readers that “poetry is a dying art form,” poets remain calm. A passionate poet knows that this style of writing remains alive in his or her heart. Even if there were no more buyers of poetry books and interest vanished for the genre, it wouldn’t stop a true writer from continuing to craft odes, sonnets and more. The interest remains in the heart of the creator.
Writing Poetry is Not a Choice
Rest well, Maya Angelou. Photo Source: By Talbot Troy (originally posted to Flickr as Maya Angelou) [CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
It was difficult to read the headline this morning of the passing of American poet Maya Angelou. She has been a personal literary hero for many years now, as part of a select group of authors I look up to. She truly spoke words that made me stop and ponder about life, as well as helping me to realize that female poets can achieve so much.
Poems of Maya Angelou
While she may be best known for her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” I can’t say enough how much her poetry has resonated with me. Here two of my favorite poems from her:
My top pick for her poems is “Awakening in New York.” It captures the city of New York so well and the line “stretching into dawn” has many layers of meaning. The poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” has strong imagery and speaks to how she was not afraid to tackle controversial issues. She understood that the abuse is something we need to confront and used words of poetry to do so. Her words slide effortlessly across the page while depicting such struggle – the irony is not lost on me.
Photo Source: Steve A Johnson, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
Hello national poetry month! Hello new day. Hello new time to express my adoration for fellow poets. To celebrate the legendary month, I am sharing 5 poets who stand out for me from other writers. I visit their sites regularly and urge you to connect with them too. Let’s go!
The Boi Poet
Print screen of The Boi Poet
First up, we have The Boi Poet, a blog full of poetry written by Jeremy Farmer. I think Jez is amazing for having such a great collection of heartfelt poetry.
The poetry types range from haiku to modern free verse. In addition, enjoy music clips, poet biographies and wisdom, spread out in posts throughout the week. Connect with Jeremy Farmer in the link above.
Soldier of Love, Sade. (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here at Poetic Parfait we like it when we have guests. We are happy to welcome to the table author Kristine Millar.
I recently met Kristine online (on the business network LinkedIn) and she was excited to participate here as a guest blogger. Bring it on!
Please show love for Kristine, who tells me she has written poetry since age 17. She explains that she uses her poetry as therapy, a method I think many writers do. I know I join her in that sentiment!