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I've been having a lovely time lately, re-acquainting myself with haiku and tanka via the Carpe Diem blog hosted by Chevrefeuille, and learning new things about writing them – particularly haiku.
I've been responding to prompts, and have also been reading the very informative e-book, IN THE WAY OF BASHO, available free from the site.
Chevrefeuille often quotes the late Jane Reichhold who used to co-host with him. I particularly like the following: 
There is, thank goodness, no one way to write a haiku. Though the literature has haiku which we admire and even model our own works on, there is no one style or technique which is absolutely the best. Haiku is too large for that. Haiku has, in its short history been explored and expanded by writers so that now we have a fairly wide range of styles, techniques and methods to investigate.

– Jane Reichhold, haiku poet (1937-2016)
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I asked a friend to do me the favour of casting a critical eye over my latest manuscript before I submit it. One thing she queried was my practice of not capitalising the initial letter of every line of my poems. Evidently she is more comfortable with the convention of initial capitals.

For the sake of others who may be interested in this question, here is my reply to her:

Many poets still use the convention of capitalising the first letter of every line. At least as many, if not more, no longer do that. There's an interesting discussion of the matter here, amongst poets.

The practice of initial capitalising in English poetry began in the 16th Century. This changed with the advent of free verse in the 20th Century, as initial capitals would have been intrusive to the flow and to the various ways that poetry can now be arranged on the page. It is very common now for formal poets, too, to dispense with initial capitals, though some retain them. On the other hand, some practitioners of free verse, when using a fairly conventional arrangement of lines on the page, like to adopt initial capitals — but have to abandon them when they venture into things like shape poetry or prose poetry.

I write mosty free verse, but like to play with form sometimes. I don't want to be inconsistent within my own work so I adopt prose rules for capitalisation, whatever kind of verse I'm writing.

When all's said and done, these days it depends on the personal preference of the poet.
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(I don't much, here, but in other places...)

My blog on MySpace had had 30957 views last time I looked. Those people have given me ‘kudos’ for my writing only 1386 times, and I have received only 2130 comments.  Some have been from the same people returning over and over again. Even so, I think that’s a lot more people than would find and like my poetry in any in-print Australian literary magazine.

My MySpace blog includes prose and has been going for four years. On Blogger I have three blogs just for poetry: Read more... )


Mar. 26th, 2010 12:33 am
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Or actually IntPoWriMo* as I'm not of the nation that has National Poetry Month in April.

Whatever you call it, I've decided I'm doing it. Other Aprils recently I've participated in the Poetic Asides Poem A Day challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer; and my first online experience of this kind, also repeated since, was the September month of poetry at Poewar, hosted by John Hewett. Both great fun and inspirational. Robert and John, in their respective months, offer prompts for participants.

NaPoWriMo is simpler, and perhaps more challenging — just write a poem a day.

They'll be at my Passionate Crone blog.

See you there in April!

*(International Poetry Month)

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At a recent session with PsychLady I spoke of my passionate love of beauty, all kinds of beauty, and my sorrow at not being beautiful myself. I explained that this is why I began writing poetry when I was very young – I wanted to add to the beauty of the world, and for me poetry was the most beautiful thing a human could create.

Read more... )
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[Error: unknown template qotd] "far on the ringing plains of windy Troy" (from Tennyson's Ulysses) - for no better reason than the music of it, and the evocativeness, indeed the POETRY. And that it can be taken out of context and still be every bit as wonderful. (This does not mean Tennyson's my favourite poet, not even close - but when he's good, he's marvellous.)
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Is at Poetic Asides.

I'm participating. NaNoWriMo for poets, lol.  Don't expect me to be active nor even very present here for the month!

Find my poems among hundreds of others (many marvellous!) at Poetic Asides, or on my blog The Passionate Crone - or join my Google group of Rosemary's Readers to have them float into your personal inbox as written.

Luv & kisses, cya later!

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This comes from my MySpace friend John Peele:

The following, in no particular order, are the new Top Hundred Eleven
(111) reasons why I became a poet : Feel free to use any or all of
these as an excuse to compose a verse of your own! (Void where
prohibited! Not recommended for childen under five!) © J. E. Peele
  1. Groupies
  2. My TV is broken
  3. Mom said I shouldn't
  4. Befuddling telemarketers is fun
  5. I wrote a poem once and it felt good
  6. Publish one hit poem and you're set for life
  7. Someone once said I look like a poet
  8. I was dropped on my head as a baby
  9. Falconry is cost prohibitive
 10. Ice fishing is too seasonal
 11. Women want me - men want to be me
 12. I don't believe in the number that people say comes just after twelve
 14. I'm sorry... what was the question?
 15. Researching my erotic prose
 16. You know what they say about sex with a poet, don't you?...
 17. Explains all that time I spend in book stores
 18. I have done everything else
 19. Trust fund not empty yet
 20. Because it's there
 21. No drug testing
 22. Open mike nights
 23. I'm too old for law school
 24. It explains the aluminum foil headgear
 25. Vegans really respect my dedication
 26. Not enough math credits for rocket science
 27. If I stop writing poetry, something BAD will happen 
 28. It pays better than cloud counting
 29. Politicians find me annoying, I like that
 30. Bag ladies give me things
 31. Poetry is the new retro
 32. Malice aforethought
 33. Poet action figures
 34. For the sympathy
 35. One perfect sunset
 36. It runs in the family
 37. Paying bills is overrated
 38. The voices in my head tell me so
 39. Explains the ebullient vocabulary
 40. Offending extemists can be fun
 41. I can only sell platelets twice a week 
 42. Voting is easy - straight Green ticket
 43. A poetic liscence looks good framed
 44. I haven't heard back from the NBA
 45. Being understood is overrated
 46. It explains the wardrobe
 47. Black is slimming
 48. Farming is smelly
 49. No experience necessary
 50. Appropriate dress includes sandals
 51. Legendary retirement benefits
 52. I can be my own biggest fan
 53. "Poet" looks better on a resume than " Loquacious Word Monger" 
 54. It doesn't matter. Nothing does...**(SIGH)**
 55. Torch wielding mobs
 56. Why not?
 57. Advice from the homeless
 58. Annual Poets Union conventions
 59. Standardized rehabilitation
 60. If one is to be ignored, it should be for something special
 61. The training includes internship in the great capitals of Europe
 62. Everyone thinks I don't care what anyone thinks
 63. My character flaws improve my market share
 64. If you are confused, then my work here is done
 65. It's a ground floor opportunity
 66. You don't have to know anything
 67. You can make stuff up
 68. It doesn't have to make sense
 69. It doesn't even have to rhyme
 70. Good poetry is cheaper than "ganja", and easier to find
 71. In my world, the sky is cerulean
 72. It explains the nudity
 73. I'm overqualified for McDonalds 
 74. Sun-kissed butterflies
 75. I needed a secret identity<76. The witness protection program is seriously underfunded
 77. I can do it with a pencil- on a napkin- by candlelight
 78. The derision of the majority has a perverse appeal
 79. Ribbons, Trophies, and Certificates of Appreciation
 80. I promised to use thes powers for good, not evil
 81. Free pie with every poem (not available in all locations)
 82. Associating with Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies, and Liberal Artists
 83. The occasional word of praise
 84. Most of the laws against it have been repealed
 85. Explains the pretentiousness
 86. It's not "derivitive", it's "homage"
 87. I don't know; I was really drunk at the time
 88. Poets are no longer hunted for their pelts
 89. I have a black belt in haiku
 90. Poets are better than normal people
 91. I am fond of feathery phrases formed on fictitious foundations
 92. Roses ARE red, and violets ARE blue, and there is no further need to discuss it with you
 93. People with real jobs get all jealous
 94. Logic hurts my head
 95. A royal household might make me their Imperial Poet
 96. Lost my job, lost my girlfriend, lost my mind
 97. I am surrounded by a poetic aura
 98. There is just too much violence in modern professional chess
 99. Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania
100. You sane people don't know what you're missing
101. Incomprehensible literary onanism holds a perverse appeal
102. Violets are purple and roses pale yellow, though I meant no offense to that earlier fellow
103. Certain forms of poetry require three naked people
104. I am the reincarnation of "Billy the Quill" Shakespeare
105. My high school guidance counselor said that this is the career for which I am best suited
106. This is only until I can repair my star-ship
107. One day there will be no more poets
108. I've arranged to have "Orange" rhyme with hinge, flange, and strange 
109. While searching for the perfect turn of a phrase, my spirit soars unbound on the wings of celestial visions 
110. The critics who hate my work are small-minded weasels
111. Kudos! Kudos! Kudos!

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Poem removed from syllabus for reference to knife violence:
Guardian report

The poet's riposte:
Mrs Schofield's GCSE

An even more amusing response:
Education for Leisure
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The absolutely lovely John Hewitt over at PoeWar (Writer's Resource Centre) is all set to repeat his successful game from last year: 30 poems in 30 days as soon as we hit September. It was such lovely fun last time! He is very good at thinking up interesting and innovative prompts; no-one better.

Last September I found myself writing on topics and in styles that I hadn't expected, but which tapped into deep stuff I needed to say. And I made some great new friends! Also it was a lovely way to connect with certain old friends.

I do hope some of youse will sign up this year. Please pass the word along!

P.S. I've just noticed that this year you need to go to "Write Poems with Me" (the second paragraph in the left-hand column of his home page, at present) and actually send your contact details to sign up - unlike last year when we all just lobbed in. Some people, it seems, wanted more privacy. I think that takes some of the fun out of it, but I'm willing to play along and see how it goes.

This is from an email just received from John:

"I'll be posting the assignments to the blog in the same way I did last year, but I am also hosting a private forum where people can post and discuss their poems in a more workshop format."


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