2:45 pm, Tuesday, 19 October, 2010
I was planning to vacuum today but got caught in Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Writer’s Digest Poetic Forms Challenge: http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/2010/10/18/WDPoeticFormChallengeCascadePoem.aspx. I had planned to investigate the possibility of a poem and had checked out the form on Robert’s website, yesterday. This morning I copied the form into my notebook and then, in between my morning routines, I thought about poem possibilities. My pauses between routines grew longer until I found myself working on a poem. Usually I get an idea, it germinates, it marinates, and eventually I put pen to paper, but sometimes a poem is there and that’s what happened today. I had an old poem that provided a start, a base and there it was: Masked. I went to the website and copied the poem into the comments section and hoped I was doing it correctly.
Missing out on the last several years has left me with a steep learning curve with today’s publishing scene. And, that is why I can’t put the poem in my blog, because there seems to be no hard and fast rule re poems in blogs and whether that counts as published or not. If I were to make an analogy to the pen and paper days, I would say word processing a poem and placing it in a personal blog and letting people see and comment on a poem isn’t much different then writing it on paper and showing a few people for critiquing purposes. I may or may not like the hard and fast rule, but I would rather have one than not.
I also have a question as to whether I can place someone else’s poem in my blog because I like it, just as I would have copied it down in the older days. I noticed that Jessie Carty places links to poems, in her blog, but the effect is different from having the poem there immediately, but that could be because I am unused to it. I suspect I can copy older poems but contemporary poems may be different. I shall have to ask one of my poet/editor bloggers.