We come to this magical place by design, not by accident. Poetry is more than what we do. It is a “place” we go to express ourselves; it is a quiet alcove of words and rhythm. Poetry is a wild party; is is a source of solace and remembrance. We all have set our course for poetry.
As with any vacation spot we are curious about the landscape and people. We inquire about the weather and the activities that are available to us. We want to know all we can before we head off to our idyllic escape.
Here in the land of poetry, we have similar thoughts. As we begin the month of June we will explore more of what makes poetry special to us. Our focus for the month will be the basic concepts of the poetic process. Inspiration comes from people we’ve come to know. The settings and locations with which we have become familiar. There is a certain “plot” or story we tell in our poetic ramblings. We convey a sense of mood, tone and theme in our poems. And so this leg of our journey begins.
Who are these characters that inspire us? They are the people who are referenced or addressed in the poem. They feel, act,choose and reflect in the poem. A vital person in a poem is the speaker (real or imaginary) who exposes their heart and mind in the words we read. It could be the poet or not. For the sake of argument we will say it is not.
The speaker might express in first person, telling of personal experiences, thoughts, and insights, using the word “I”, or in third person (them, her, him). Other times they talk in second person, referencing “you”. Poets write in second person more than prose writers.
“Reader’s Digest” has a series they explore called “My Most Memorable Character”. We all know someone who has influenced us, done something selfless for someone or had been a pillar to the community. A relative who was quick witted, or had a special skill of which people were aware and by which they were influenced. Maybe your children/grandchildren have done something remarkable in their young lives.
As opposed to last week where we wrote a memorial to someone, we are writing of this “Memorable Character”. Tell us all about this person in our land of poetry!
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IT’S A GREAT BIG WORLD OUT THERE!
HERE’S JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF IT!
This week’s prompt is simple: Write a memorial about someone famous, personal or in general. As we in the states observe Memorial Day this weekend. Let us remember those who have gone before.
So far since you’ve returned from April, you’ve used “your” words, and you’ve used “these” words. Now we switch our focus to “their” words. This week we resurrect a very popular feature here. You know it as “Hey, That’s MY line!” You are asked to chose a line or phrase from another poet/poem that you admire and use their words as the inspiration, title or first line for your poem. Be sure to credit the poet/poem from which you choose and honor your poetic compatriots.
Folks who watch the cooking shows are regarded as “Foodies”. So using this logic, we are truly “Wordies”. This week, we continue the trail of words. In other circles it is called a “word cloud” or even a “wordle”. But the Phoenix rises from the ashes, so the “Word Smoke” below contains the words you will use. Use some or all in your poem. Choose one as a title or as the basis of your poem, but “Use These Words”
Challenge yourself with these words!
Also taking time to wish all Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day today.
All Mothers still with us or watching over us are celebrated!
Here we are in May and our focus returns to the task at hand. We’ve written a glut of worded wonder and have a strong base upon which to build. Now, we will resume the learning process and there is an exciting experiment I have planned in the coming months. Congratulations to all poets who finished their chosen challenge(s), who even attempted to maintain an interest in the poetic process. No matter your skill level or age, you have shown your devotion to poetry and we applaud and thank you!
Thank you also to the poets who featured their April poems here at PHOENIX RISING POETRY GUILD. It was good to see the activity continue here!
Since we’ve worked through a month of brain wracking poetics, I’ll start us off with an exploration of words.
Choose a poem you’ve written in the past, or more recently for the April challenge and replace words with their synonym equivalents and see how (or if) it changes the timber, meter, sound or meaning of the poem. Maybe use opposite (antonym) words and write the contrary poem. Include the original poem for comparison is you wish. Either way, let’s take the momentum of April and continue to celebrate poetry and our poetic lives.
Welcome Back, and RISE UP!
All poets who have visited and contributed to the PHOENIX RISING POETRY GUILD project are being put on alert. The Phoenix is rising again after a rousing Poetry Month this past April. AND all poets who are just learning of the Guild are invited to join us in our study and pursuit of the poetic process. There are many lessons to be learned and some exciting “experiments” to conduct.
THE NEXT NEW PROMPT WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW, MAY 3rd!
We are open to poets of all skill levels and ages, in a supportive, inspired and relaxed environment.
RISE UP FROM THE ASHES!