Well… It’s the 31st and I struggled with several poems, trying to get them done. In the end, I decided that it’s just as much fun to borrow other people’s words as it is to make up my own. In the spirit of “borrowing”, I looked to the world’s leaders and their New Years messages. I chose to borrow Vladimir Putin’s Speech to create my found poem. I hope he doesn’t mind. I hope you don’t mind. Happy New Year!
Here’s the “found’ poem (something special – Click on the poem image below and I’ll have my friend Atticus Ableyard read it to you) :
The next to last “daily” is in the book (on the blog?) Today I chose to write a Paradelle (click here to learn more). I chose this particular form because it was invented by Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate and is all about poking fun at strict poetic forms. I’ve been doing that for 30 days now; it’s just no one got the joke, I guess. I’m a fan of Billy Collins, not only because he is an outstanding poet who writes in a down-to-earth way, but also because he works tirelessly to make poetry accessible to everyone. One of his shining examples is a project called Poetry 180, which was designed to get high school students reading a poem every school day of the year.
The world could use a lot more poetry and a lot less of some of the other crap we consume in the media. That is the only rant you’ll get from me during this project. 😉
I also wanted to post a couple photos of the creative process… I think there may be some people out there who think I just sit down, type these and hit publish… That’s a big ol’ nope. I will admit most of everything gets typed initially, but I often print a hard copy and noodle with a pen if I get stuck.
Once I get the poem all finished in my word processing software I normally run it through Grammarly to find any glaring spelling and punctuation errors. For poems, this is not ideal as I sometimes ignore punctuation… Some famous poet somewhere told me that is ok.
I then turn the poem into an image. It keeps the formatting as I intend. This is important to me, probably only to me, which is fine.
Finally, I write the post for the poem in WordPress… The blog platform I have chosen to adopt for OneSureChord.com. It’s a robust platform and reasonably intuitive to get things done. It also works with Grammarly so that I don’t look quite as illiterate as I would without it.
It’s a fun little system and it works well. I think it’s essential that you all know that each poem has taken at least an hour to create and post. The longest I spent on any poem was nearly 5 hours. I won’t tell you which one, but I think it reflects a higher level of craft than many of the others. This Paradelle took about 2 hours from start to finish. It was great fun and even turned out better than I expected. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you.
I currently have about 4 poems in various states of incomplete. None of those were ready by my standard. Note: My “standard” is that I am not entirely embarrassed by a poem, so now you know just how bad they are, especially now that you have seen 28 other poems that made the cut. 😉
This is an Alphabet poem. No link, it just incorporates the alphabet in its structure. And so… without further ado:
I always forget how difficult the sestina (click here to learn more) can be. It’s not that a sestina is inherently harder to write than any other longish form. The difficulty lies in the repetition of the line end words and keeping the whole thing from sounding like a nervous politician making crazy promises. I tried the sestina simply because I find them extremely difficult. This one turned out… alright, I think. “Camped out” was inspired by a story I heard about a couple who went to the woods to reconnect after a major crisis in their life. I have no idea how that story turned out, as you will see…
There comes the point in any project where one has to come to terms with some things. I began this thinking I was writing for a wider audience. Tonight’s poem even kind of acknowledges the fact. The bit I’ve had to come to terms with is that… I am writing for me and really for me only. If you get some amusement, enjoyment, or pleasure from the poems… excellent, but ultimately this was for me. Thanks for joining in so far.
The Nonet (click here to learn more) is a nine-line poem and while it isn’t the most difficult form to fill up, having it be meaningful is the more critical task. I don’t know if I managed that for you, but for me… mission accomplished. Enjoy.