Guest Post: on writing poetry
May 17, 2016 § 2 Comments
We spend a good deal of our lives waiting, like Adiba patiently did, after I agreed to write a guest post, then had so many other things commandeer my time.
Poetry doesn’t often make me wait, mostly I’m rushing to catch up: writing the last line I can remember, then working backwards line by line, pulling them back from the land of lost poetry , words that got away . . . all while I was looking for pen and paper.
Found phrases poetry works differently. I choose background paper and start flipping through magazines; the next words jump out, make themselves obvious, and I clip them. Maybe they’re next or maybe they’ll be a few lines later, but they’re “in.” Only seldom do I decide, “No, you’re not the right words after all, I’ll save you for another poem.”
I’ve known April as poetry month for a long time and was introduced to the concept of The National Poetry Writing Month Challenge #NaPoWriMo in 2015 when a friend challenged me to write 30 poems in 30 days. I wrote found phrase poems and haiku. This year I challenged myself, then caught walking pneumonia. I wrote some really bad poetry and a few I’m actually proud of. Next year I’ll be back to do it again. Meanwhile the pressure to produce is off and I’m back to writing poetry when inspiration compels me, not just the dawn of a new day.
This post, and subsequent poem, was very kindly contributed by Amy.