Today while reading I rediscovered the following poem by Walt Whitman and wanted to share it with my fellow travelers.
To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist
much, obey little,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever
afterward resumes its liberty.
Since this is National Poetry month I thought I would gather up a few ideas to spark interest. Have fun!
- Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.
- Put a poem on the pavement
“Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk.”
- Recite a poem to family and friends
“You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season.”
- Memorize a poem
“Getting a poem or prose passage truly ‘by heart’ implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight.”
- Promote public support for poetry
“Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America.”
- Buy a book of poems for your library
“Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves.”
- Play Exquisite Corpse
“Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem.”
- Watch a poetry movie
“What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet’s work after the film?”
- Visit a poetry landmark
“Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work.”
- Start a commonplace book
“Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books.”
The other day my wife asked me why do people write poetry. I pondered it a while and came to the following conclusion.
I write poetry because it is my verbal camera where I can share with others my interpretations and feelings on observations.
Why do you write?
Up late and checking my twitter account I discovered that on Friday I was in the “Poetry Gazette.” The poem chosen was “leap year” below is the link to the archive. Check them out as their are, better written, poems there to read.
In my readings I just noticed something profound and important in composing poetry, especially Haiku.
What I am speaking of is “sensory perception” order. I noticed that in some of my weaker works I had not paid attention to the order of perception. I think I did this to create a sense of surprise but in doing so I set up an unnatural feeling.
For example when I first met my wife saw her from afar and noticed her confident walk. As she approached I then saw, in detail, her attire. It was not until we were in close proximity that I picked up the scent of her perfume.
So if I wrote a haiku and started with the perfume then moved backwards in describing the moment the poem would feel stilted and odd.
As I continue to write I will make sure to follow this observation and now that I am aware of this rule I can now break it.
Hope this helps in your writings.