Poetry and me

I was reluctant to headline this post the way it is, as it may sound too selfie. But poetry interests many people so it’s the poetry that counts here. Then I ask, how do I intersect with poetry?

I love stringing words together in poetical ways. My ideal is to aim for a sense of eloquence in delivery like words rolling off the page and sounding resonant. But this takes time and practice, and poetry is something I don’t normally do as a writer.

To get to the ideal standard, I must practice and learn the technique of poetry, but writing a professional piece of poetry takes time, unless one is a ‘natural’ at poetry.

But I have a desire to be poetical, so to get my words out in poetry, I takes the uncomplicated way and go free verse. This has at time produced some nice well-rounded stuff. Other times, I am not so impressed with my work.

The times my free verse poetry works, is when there is some well roundedness to the words or a resonance. It just all comes together on the day and sits well.

There is more to do and learn for another time. In the meantime, I write what comes easy in poetry for me…free verse.

4 thoughts on “Poetry and me

  1. I just came across your post Bartholomew. I think every artist, no matter the craft or genre experiences these same types of learning curves along the journey to excellence. In an interview years ago, Pavarotti said, “I am not my voice, my voice is me. Sometimes it soars to notes and sounds I could never have imagined, other times it sounds like the croaking of a frog. I prefer the first but, I do not generally have a say – it just happens.”


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