I pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys.
Even though I am the daughter of a poet, and my stepmother is also a poet, growing up, I didn't think I could understand poetry; I didn't think that it had any relevance to my life, the feelings that I endured on a day-to-day basis, until I was introduced to the right poem.
Ooh, it's too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets - although I have written Danielle the odd poem.
Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem. When a person listens to a good song, and they can look out at the world and their lives and see the dark and the light, the negative and the positive, all the different elements, all come together in one holistic poem, that is a very healing and very reductive thing, and that's what my music is about. My favourite poem is called 'Roots and Wings' - it's a very moving poem about how if you've got real roots you can fly. Every time you read a poem aloud to yourself in the presence of others, you are reading it into yourself and them. Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
I had a dream, in 1985, I believe, when a friend I'd gone to school with was sick - one of the first people I knew who'd gotten the AIDS virus. The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other material suitable to the epic form need not therefore prove its failure as a long lyric poem, with interrelated sections.
One Christmas I had no money, and so I went home and just, like, wrote a poem; I mean, I didn't write them, but I just handed out poems as Christmas presents.
Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose. My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
What I responded to, on the page, was the way a poem could liberate, by means of a word's setting, through subtleties of timing, of pacing, that word's full and surprising range of meaning. If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem, it's going to be average.
Often people, when they're confronted with a poem, it's like someone who keep saying 'what is the meaning of this? Jews have a special relationship to books, and the Haggadah has been translated more widely, and reprinted more often, than any other Jewish book. I think there is a poem out there for everyone, to be an entrance into the poetry and a relationship with it.
It really gets on my goat that people keep quoting Dorothea Mackellar's 'My Country' as proof that there is no such thing as climate change.
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point, to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem that reveals much about the process taken. We took Beowulf, the epic poem in Old English, and put it right together with John Gardner's contemporary retelling.
I think you can have the greatest lyrics in the world and if it doesn't have the best tune in the world it will suck.
I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance. I write with a Uni-Ball Onyx Micropoint on nine-by-seven bound notebooks made by a Canadian company called Blueline.
For me, the short story is the depth of a novel, the breadth of a poem, and, as you come to the last few paragraphs, the experience of surprise.
I think the biggest thing that I have to do is to remind people that poetry is there for us to turn to not only to remind us that we're not alone - for example, if we are grieving the loss of someone - but also to help us celebrate our joys.
Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them. I do not usually revise much, though I often cut, particularly the end or toward the end of a poem. The form of my poem rises out of a past that so overwhelms the present with its worth and vision that I'm at a loss to explain my delusion that there exist any real links between that past and a future worthy of it.
If you've ever been to a poetry slam, you know that the highest scoring emotion is self-righteous indignation: how dare you judge me. When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little. A translation is no translation, he said, unless it will give you the music of a poem along with the words of it. One reason to write a poem is to flush from the deep thickets of the self some thought, feeling, comprehension, question, music, you didn't know was in you, or in the world. The first line is the DNA of the poem; the rest of the poem is constructed out of that first line.
The heart of the matter seems to me to be the direct interaction between one's making a poem in English and a poem in the language that one understands and values.
I find that my reading, particularly nonfiction, can inspire a poem as well as anything else. When I have worries, fears or a love affair, I have the luck of being able to transform it into a poem. A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
Neutrinos alone, among all the known particles, have ethereal properties that are striking and romantic enough both to have inspired a poem by John Updike and to have sent teams of scientists deep underground for 50 years to build huge science-fiction-like contraptions to unravel their mysteries.
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer. A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
My parents' generation was definitely pre-telly, and they knew how to entertain each other. I shall try to write a poem that is about the moment but doesn't betray things that are true to me as a poet. My feeling is that poetry will wither on the vine if you don't regularly come back to the simplest fundamentals of the poem: rhythm, rhyme, simple subjects - love, death, war. Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug, or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own. Students often have such a lofty idea of what a poem is, and I want them to realize that their own lives are where the poetry comes from.
I did a short film at Outfest, 'Where Are the Dolls,' based on an Elizabeth Bishop poem done, where I play this woman who is sort of walking the streets and ends up alone dancing in a club. No, I think that a person writes a poem because they have an inner urge of something that they want to express, and I think it's that inner urge that you want to express when you write a piece of music. I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated: extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer. Poems have a different music from ordinary language, and every poem has a different kind of music of necessity, and that's, in a way, the hardest thing about writing poetry is waiting for that music, and sometimes you never know if it's going to come. Well, it's a badge of honour for any self-respecting poet to be criticized by Auberon Waugh.
But in a lot of ways my poems are very conventional, and it's no big deal for me to write a poem in either free verse or strict form; modern poets can, and do, do both. A good poem looks life straight in the face, unflinching, sincere, equal to revelation through loss or gain. There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't.
A revolutionary poem will not tell you who or when to kill, what and when to burn, or even how to theorize. If that voice that you created that is most alive in the poem isn't carried throughout the whole poem, then I destroy where it's not there, and I reconstruct it so that that voice is the dominant voice in the poem. If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem. The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the whole better even than after sex, and that's saying a lot. What I try to do is to go into a poem - and one writes them, of course, poem by poem - to go into each poem, first of all without having any sense whatsoever of where it's going to end up. I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape. A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste, judgement, deduction. It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline, and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had been working on for twenty years.
I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I was suggesting that there are other passions as great as or more important than the passion of sex. The last thing a young artist should do in poetry or any other field is think about what's in style, what's current, what are the trends. I always tell students that writing a poem and publishing it are two quite separate things, and you should write what you have to write, and if you're afraid it's going to upset someone, don't publish it. My sense of a poem - my notion of how you revise - is: you get yourself into a state where what you are intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it, but what you wrote. A poem I write is not just about me; it is about national identity, not just regional but national, the history of people in relation to other people. A lot of my poems either have historical sequences or other kinds of chronological grids where I'm locating myself in time. Imagine writing a poem with a sweating, worried-looking boy handing you a different pencil at the end of every word.
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
I have never written a play, a story, a poem, or my one film - anything - unless something was troubling me enough, wrecking me, in fact, to drive me back into the absurdity of writing. The incredible cinematography makes 'A Walk to Beautiful' almost like a poem; there is a tenderness on display that seems to emanate from the camera.
Poetry, whatever the manifest content of the poem, is always a violation of the rationalism and morality of bourgeois society.
Good poets have written in order to describe something or to preach something - with their eye on the object or the end. The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart.
When I write a poem, I go into a state of self-forgetfulness, and something higher takes over; I like to call it my best self.
You can say a lot more with a poem than you can with a song, but with a song you can really be more powerful with it.
No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation. I don't see that a single line can constitute a stanza, although it can constitute a whole poem.
In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem. A writer's work often reflects what he or she has been exposed to in life; experiences which are the groundwork of a poem or a story.
The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic. At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. When I was 18 years old I went to Shakespeare Company, the school, and I wrote a poem about my leaves - I felt like a tree that had no leaves. My first spoken word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine.
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child. There is no scientific discoverer, no poet, no painter, no musician, who will not tell you that he found ready made his discovery or poem or picture - that it came to him from outside, and that he did not consciously create it from within. One of the rules of Greek lament poetry is that it mustn't mention the dead by name in case of invoking a ghost. I am increasingly attracted to restricting possibility in the poem by inflicting a form upon yourself.
Usually a poem takes shape accoustically - a line or a pair of lines will repeat itself in my ear. The Odyssey is, indeed, one of the greatest of all stories, it is the original romance of the West; but the Iliad, though a magnificent poem, is not much of a story.
I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry, but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope a poem will have healing potential.
The animal encounter poem is now so distinct a genre that it would be possible to create a full-length anthology from deer encounter poems alone, and many varieties of experience would emerge from such an exercise. The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem. A poem with grandly conceived and executed stanzas, such as one of Keats's odes, should be like an enfilade of rooms in a palace: one proceeds, with eager anticipation, from room to room. For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography. I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem. Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
What is the point of teaching how to analyse a poem or a piece of Shakespeare but not to analyse the Internet?
Life is truly what you are constantly of it on a daily basis regardless of the obstacles, challenges, and struggles that you are face.
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And there was an anthology written by the inmates called 'The Pen,' and I - you know, I had a crush on a girl, and she left me when I was incarcerated. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I'm having trouble with the novel I'm writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story.
I'd like to think that Alaska and British Columbia working together can prove that we can be pretty darned good neighbors without fences. Maybe it was a way for her to catch up with the time she missed while raising children and tending the farm. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life. I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem. Sometimes it's an image, and sometimes it's words I might write, like a fragment of a poem.
It's a way of enticing a reader into a poem so that less funny things can take place later.
The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation.
It is not a work of history or philosophy, not a prayer book, user's manual, timeline, poem or palimpsest - and yet it is all these things. Sometimes a first line will occur, and it goes nowhere; but other times - and this, I think, is a sense you develop - I can tell that the line wants to continue.
After I do a few drafts, I type up the poem on a Macintosh G3 and then send it out the door. But the real question is, 'What happens to the reader once he or she gets inside the poem?' That's the real question for me, is getting the reader into the poem and then taking the reader somewhere, because I think of poetry as a kind of form of travel writing. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. That's why so many people I know who've gotten married will have a poem read at the wedding. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
The tone of the poem is celebratory because I wanted to capture the mood of exhilaration felt by black people at the time. If you know a poem by heart, no one can take it away from you, and you can take advantage of it anytime. Some of them seem far away from me and some up close, and the up-close ones generally don't say what I want them to say. We will suppose that after a half year it has been forgotten: no effort of recollection is able to call it back again into consciousness.
It's the struggle towards truthfulness which is the same whether one is writing a poem, a novel or an argument. We can best be exact about the cosmic things - God and truth, beauty, eternity and love - by not talking directly about them. If you don't understand what it's about, you're depriving yourself of being really able to communicate this poem. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested.
I have a tattoo of my family crest, and another on my back that says 'The Road Not Taken,' which is a poem by Robert Frost. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine.
Think instead of what you like to read, what do you admire, what you like to listen to in music. I'm not and never will be a novelist, but to write a novel is not the same thing as writing a play. I reach for these outward stories to make sense of my own life, and how my story intersects with a larger public history. You can have image-logic, or it's almost like a poem in that you can come to a lot of meanings within a short space. There are some poets who write for people assembled in big rooms, so they can live through something collectively.
My poems usually begin with words or phrases which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem are very important to me. The first rhyme-word is like a challenge thrown down, which the poem itself has to respond to. There is also great sensitivity to the women whose stories are being told - never did I have a sense of the subjects being exploited. The essence of the poetry does not lie in the thing described or in the message imparted but in the resulting concrete unity, the poem. And maybe we can point to one or two historical times when a poem has started a revolution or a rebellion or an uprising, but it doesn't happen that often, and if you put the number of poems next to the number of political acts, it would be pretty slim.
At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar. The poem can be written with a modicum of technology, and can be published, in most cases, quite cheaply.
The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that that's what was expected of me. And the poem, if it's written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed.
At the center of our lives, in the midst of the busyness and the forgetting, is a story that makes sense when everything extraneous has been taken away.
And I found this poem in this anthology that talked about having your heart broken and being incarcerated.
About a year later I was informed that there was a girl who used that same poem to win a statewide poetry competition in Alabama. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Something that has been a source of great excitement and delight for me is this idea that I get to rhyme. I wrote a poem called 'Angels in America.' I've never looked at the poem since the day I wrote it.
The listener doesn't have time to deploy what I call their 'poetry deflector shields' that were installed in high school - there's little time to resist the poem. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield.
It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing. And that's true of the persona in the poem who's lamenting this as a fact of a certain stage of life. That glamorising of war, and white-limbed, flowing-haired Greek heroes - it's become a cliched, British empire part of our culture. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you're dead.
And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
You go up one long row, then down another, and try not to look up too often to see how far you still have to go. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. All those moments written or read together take on the movement and architecture of a narrative.
I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem, it's almost written in my head somewhere. It lets us express a dimes worth of ideas, or a quartera€™s worth of emotions, with a nickela€™s worth of words.~John P. You have to keep your senses awake to all the complacency that kicks in - particularly for the English.
You don't possibly have a teacher-God complex, do you?' And that was the first time I'd ever heard of that expression. Any revision later that violates the text as it came, that begins rewriting the words, is fake.
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