Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Article: Write a poem about something you believe in


I read this article on POEWAR web page.

I like how the writer puts his view on poetry:

He says, I believe in poetry. I love it. It makes me feel good to read it. I love the thought that there is something inside me that expresses itself in a much more primal way than the straightforward text of my ordinary prose. For me poetry is visceral. It comes from a different place inside of me. For me, poetry feels like a much more genuine expression of my thoughts and emotions than any other form of writing. By John Hewitt

My response:



If I look at different forms of poetry they tell a different story, whether its about pain, hurt, disease, illness it all varies, but what do we believe in, poetry can come across as different things as the reader reads poetry, they want to feel the emotion, the feeling, they want to vision it in front of them, like for instance playing out a play or scene in their minds. Whenever I read different poets poetry I envision myself watching it as it’s playing out in front of me. When I first started writing poetry it wasn’t just something I plan ahead of time, its raw emotions, whirling around my head. I love to read classical poets like Dante, Shakespeare, Robert Frost, to name a few.

Like for instance this poem.

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (I chose this poem because its one of my favourites since grade 10.)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

My Review

This poem as I understand it its definitely about true love, that type of love that cant ever change, not time nor space can separate this kind of love, love bends all this obstacles.
I bow down to Shakespeare for a man of his calibre; he stands as regards to LOVE.
Sonnet 116 – if you have ever TRULY been in love, you can relate to this poem. When the whole world tells you otherwise, if you experience true love, it will never change, nothing and nobody can change it. It can withstand all trails and tribulations. It can withstand a third party – that looks on tempests and is never shaken- it is a beacon that is worth more than anything on earth. That makes you giddy and silly, it never changes with time. It is constant, no matter how much time spent apart, its everlasting.
If I go more technical on my review from the sonnet 116:

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments." sonnet 116 is a sonnet detailing the permanence of true love. The speaker, in quatrain one, details what the " marriage of true minds" is not- it does not alter, it does not allow itself to be removed. The second qautrain reveals true love further by telling us what it is- an ever fixed mark that is never shaken, or metaphorically, a star that serves as a permanent guide to wandering ships. Qautrain three then returns again to what love is and does not- true love is not "Time's fool," it does not succumb to time but stands stubbornly until "the edge of doom".

The speaker finally in the couplet at the end, declares his final position. He dares someone to prove him wrong, betting that if he or she is wrong that no one has ever really loved and he or she had never written at all- a useful contrary that gaurantees his version of "true love" will always be true.
I hope you all enjoy learning more on what poetry can mean and the understanding of poetry in different forms, whether it is from modern or from ages hence poets, it can still bring across the same meanings.

Like Shakespeare what do you believe in.







Friday, October 15, 2010

This is our second poet of the month

I chose Willow-wisp as our second poet of this week, I have met her online and just by reading her poetry, I saw that this lady has got a strong poetic voice. Poetry isn't just about love, it's about so much more. In her work I felt the raw emotion, and feelings of pain that's leaking from her pen. She has been a part of the Sharepoetry site which is a sister to Allpoetry since April 24. She has written over 43 poems and got 575 comments.



The poem she chose for the interview, "Did She?"


Did she skip along beside you?
Or try to match your stride?
Did her small hand get lost in yours
as she walked by your side?
Did she sit upon your lap
and feel your warm embrace?
And see the love there in your eyes
as she looked up at your face.
Did she giggle when you tickled her?
And run and hide in glee.
Did you scoop her up in your arms
and hug her tenderly?
Did you brush her tousled hair
and tie it back in bows?
Or read to her a story
the way a Daddy only knows?
Did you comfort her when she fell?
And wipe away her tears.
And in the darkness of the night
dispel her childish fears.
Did she tell you that she loves you?
Did you say “I love you too?”
Did we have those times together?
Did I have those times with you?
On to the interview with Willow-Wisp.

1. Where are you from?
I am from England, was born in Kent but now live in Norfolk.
2. When and why did you begin writing?
The desire to start writing poetry cam about during my counselling sessions, I was finding it hard to open up so i began putting my feelings into writing which I showed to my counsellor, so I suppose you could say it was for therapy.
3. How do you come up with the title of your poems?
This particular poem spoke for itself really, seemed the obvious title.
4. What inspires you to write?
Because my poems are mainly about certain things, which have happened in my past, I would like to think that maybe they could help others who have been in a similar situation. That's my main inspiration, that and everyday surroundings. I'm often found with a note pad and pen in hand, making notes( even when watching TV) if a subject interest me, I'll write a poem about it.
5. Would you give us a short description about yourself?
I'm a daughter, sister, friend, mother, nanny , oh and last but not least a Poet!

If you'd like to see more of Willow-Wisp's work you can find it on Sharepoetry

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Echoes of My Soul Poetry Forum

As someone in search of sources to share my own writings, I have experimented with many online forums, groups, and people. I have been a member of Echoes for quite some time but am not as active there as I am on All Poetry because of proboards requirements, which are not the requirements of the Creator of Echoes herself.


When I emailed her and told her about my project (this blog) and my wish to do a review of Echoes and since her letter tells it all much better than I can her is her response


That is a great idea, I wish you much luck with your blog
I would be interested in having the site reviewed, but I would like to point out that Echoes does not cover those kinds of topics such as publication, tips, etc. We do have a Writer's Resources section where poets can find contests to enter and places to send their work for possible publication.
Echoes is mainly a post, share and general comments site. There are plenty of sites out there for those who want full criticism, but we not do that here at Echoes. I want the poet to feel free to post, share and have a fun time while they are at Echoes.
I have been writing poetry for over two decades, and publishing my poetry online for the past 6 or 7 years. I started Echoes back in 2003 because I had joined several other poetry sites and was immediately treated very harshly and was made to feel very uncomfortable and unwanted. And I said to myself, there has to be a better way to treat people, and i said to myself, a poetry site does not have to be and should not be so negative, so I decided to start Echoes.
I am happy to say that Echoes is going strong 7 years later, and I am very proud of it and of every member! Echoes has some very talented writers and I am so pleased and happy that they have decided to share their wonderful work with us!
I wanted to give the poet a place to post their poetry without harsh critique and give them a safe place to express their ideas without being ridiculed. To me there is room for every poet and for every level of poet, and I strongly believe that no one has the right to bash a poet.
It has been very successful on that level. We started out slow with just a few members and now we have over 300 members and I feel Echoes is still growing.
Echoes has remained a top site on many top poetry site listings for the past 7 years and I feel it is because of this approach. Many members and visitors seem to really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and like spending time at Echoes, but like any other site, there are those who do not like the loose atmosphere, so Echoes is not for every poet or for everyone.
Echoes also has several members who are not poets and they enjoy the other sections of Echoes such as the word games, entertainment and the general board where they can discuss current events and just about anything else they want.
So that is what I strive to do at Echoes, keep it fun, lighthearted and offer a sanctuary for poets to post their poetry in peace without fear of being bashed or ridiculed for their poetry. We do have an occasional challenge and contest to keep things interesting and we do offer places for the poet and article writer to submit their work for possible publication.
I forgot to mention that we give out the daily and weekly awards at Echoes to let the poets know that we deeply appreciate them being members and to recognize their magnificent talent. We also give out the awards to thank members for sharing their wonderful talent with us at Echoes.
When I asked her how she picked the poem of the month she replied:
I pick the poem of the month pretty much at random. I search various poetry sites such Poets.org, Poetry Foundation and PoemHunter and read poems and when one grabs my attention I choose that poem for the month. I used to pick poems from Echoes members but for some reason I stopped doing that years ago but I must say your question has prompted me to pick the poem of the month for November from one of the members. I may or may not pick a member's poem every month but I think I will alternate from month to month between a member and a famous poet from now on.
It is s not easy to say what I look for in a poem, because poems vary on so many levels and style. I am a big fan of imagery and I love a poem that is written outside of the box and does not necessarily follow a specific form. I love poetry that takes risks and inspires the reader. For me a poem does not have to be picture perfect or polished, if it's edgy, original and it grabs my attention it is for me.
I love a poem that speaks to the reader with rich descriptions and a keen sense of detail and use of sound. A poem that leaps off the page and commands attention and one that thinks outside the box and goes beyond the boundaries are the kinds of poems I adore. For me, free verse poetry has every quality I look for in poetry, and it is my favorite type of poetry. I cherish the freedom free verse gives the poet. It is the type I write the most and the kind that grabs my attention the most. Free verse poetry ignites my senses and my soul and I believe it is the most popular form of poetry today. But I also love traditional poetry for its pure beauty and precision that takes special skills to create.
Theme is also important to me. I like poems that say something and that are deep in meaning. Poems that speak about emotions such as alienation, anger, love, beauty, pain, misery, nature, human nature and one that address social and political issues are the types of poems I am attracted to the most. I also like poetry that delves into darker edgy subjects such as homelessness, abuse and poverty.
Poetry that has sound, vivid imagery and tell a story churn inside my soul and make me take notice and take me on a beautiful journey that I will cherish for the rest of my years.


So if you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere and an easy going group then you'll feel quite at home at Echoes.


Just click here if you would like to visit, join and decide for yourself. Echoes of My Soul 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Poet In Training most popular this week on All Poetry

Well, today I was browsing all poetry's poems by most popular this week, and at the top of the list was a poet with the nickname Dalaney she's a woman from Georgia, she's also a teacher on allpoetry, and since she joined in August of 2006, she has a collection of 295 poems posted there.  Her most popular this week is "A Poem for Thought" with 102 comments, and 150 applause, (applause is All Poetry's rating system) everyone of her poems I've read I have enjoyed.  Her real name she has chosen to keep hidden but her author's name is L.A. Smith.


I interview her and she responded enthusiastically here's the interview..


1. When did you start writing poetry?


I’ve been writing poetry on and off for a very long time, but never took it seriously until I came to AP four years ago. When I began to read all of the wonderful writers here I knew I had to work really hard to reach their caliber. My influences were Mairi Bheag, A Prophet of 3, Ariosto II, Cinnarry, and Cricketjeff.
2. What's your favorite form of poetry?
I love to write free verse, but reading a beautiful sonnet always tingles my toes
3. Do you belong to any other poetry sites?
No - I’ve tried a few out, but none compare to AP
4. Where do you hail from?
Isle of Hope, which is a small coastal island near Savannah, Georgia
5. Who's your favorite poet of all time?
This is like asking me what my favorite book is! There are so many! I suppose Charles Bukowski and EE Cummings are my top two favorites, although I have a list a mile long 
6. 

Do you have any published works?



I've been published in poetry mags in England and Scotland 
7. Last question (you don't have to answer this one, if you don't want to) how old are you?



I am ageless 

She also wanted to add this to her story when I asked her if there was anything special she'd like to add in regards to what inspires her and she replied:
I am inspired by my surroundings, by the people I know and love and even dislike. I think I am a poet who concentrates more on the “every day” feelings we experience and less on the abstract. I like stories and I’ve been known to incorporate them into poetry - life stories always make good poetry 
I asked her to select a poem she'd like to share with us here so here is her favorite in all it's glory just as it was written.






Please Mistake Me For Something Beautiful
Mother is black skin
wrapped in purple and red and gold,
bare feet, thick soled,
she will never be a blonde bouffant
and this bothers Daughter,
disturbs her sleep, pushes her twenty steps ahead
of Mother on the street -
she wants a blue car with white seats
and a radio to snap to,
a house with no statues,
no crucifixes,
light that does not blind her too-wide eyes.
She wants a mother
who buys
ice cream with dark cherries,
and wears pink pretty slips beneath crisp skirts,
not one who pounds bread
with broad fists, who scales smelly fish
at the kitchen sink,
(oh, the stink of it)
a mother who will look out the window
that faces the faces
of other little girls in their thick-smoke world
and whisper in her ear -
you are the most beautiful.

© L.A. Smith, All rights reserved 


Check out "A Poem for Thought" and judge for yourself, if you don't have a membership there yet, now is the perfect time to do so.  There are many great poets, storywriters, teachers, and just people who have creative hearts to comfort your soul with beautiful words.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All Poetry is the place to be





Do you like poetry? Do you want to learn to write yourself?  Do you write already?  Are you published or unpublished?  Want to get some input on your writings?  Well, All Poetry is the perfect place for a beginner, advanced poet to become involved with..


All Poetry one of many Social Design Sites created by web designer and poet in training Kevin Watt made the decision that social networking for creative artists of many genre was needed.  And for those who love poetry of all ages can join AllPoetry for free, many members do support the site in exchange for extra features.


One extra feature is rich text editing and custom backgrounds for supporting members.


There are over 100,000 members and growing with over 1.5 million poems of every genre imaginable.  If you like to read poetry, I'm sure you'll find some favorites to relate to.


Free Memberships do require some for each poem you post you're required to comment on 4 others poems.


But you'll also receive points for commenting, and can earn a week's of premium membership.  So there is potential for a free week every once in awhile.


Then there are Groups you can join, plus do you want to learn how to do haiku, shape poetry, create backgrounds, again AllPoetry has members who offer classes to teach you just about any type of poetry you're interested in learning.


Teachers, do you have students who show promise, direct them to allpoetry.com to get their creative juices going.  They can enter contests, win points, earn awards, join a group of like minded artists.  There is so much available on All Poetry that this list is nearly endless.


If you're interested in more in depth assistance on your work, the sister site Share Poetry is the place for you, but good news, you only have to join once, each site uses the same membership information.


The only con I can think of regarding all of the sites available through Social Design is that your premium membership doesn't carry from one site to the other.  But perhaps that might be a consideration in the future, because many members are asking for this or a least a reduced fee for the other sites if you already support one of them monetarily.


Enough from me, make up your own minds.  Visit AllPoetry.com and decide for yourself.  Already a member?  Post your own review here~


Coming soon, first poet-in-training review from allpoetry.com

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