Wednesday Writing: Finding poetry, part 2

10 Nov

3:47 pm, Wednesday, 10 November, 2010 – Atlanta

Not a good day. First I start the blog about an hour and a half ago and, when trying to save an image to use, managed to close the whole browser, thereby losing what I had written so far. One can never recreate the exact piece again, ever. Sidenote: this is why you should always write down anything that comes to your mind re poetry. Trust me here. Second, but first chronologically, I got lost in the computer again. I do remember I started the blog: OMG! because for the second time this week I became so engrossed with what I was doing and discovering that when I came up for air, it was 2:30 and I hadn’t eaten since early breakfast. Monday it was writing and research; today I took a huge step and entered the world of twitter. At least, I am standing on the edge. It took me several hours of reading and navigating around to feel I might, might, have a grasp…a sort of hanging by my fingernails grasp. We’ll see what happens.

Of course, I also became sidetracked and discovered a couple more places to add to my sidebar: Magpie Tales which uses images to inspire poetry; Poetry Daily, which is an easy read new poems every day, because aside from always carrying paper and pen, reading poetry is the other must; Three Word Wednesday, which gives prompts a slight twist by giving three words to be used in a poem;and one I am very excited about because of all the possibilities: Poets United, a site designed for poets to have a community.

Now, part 2 of yesterday’s exercise which called for you to choose seven words from a list of 15, and create a poem.

landscape with the fall of Icarus

I think I have the painting linked but if I don’t you can find it here. I want you to look at the painting and then look closer. Look away and write down everything you can remember. Try to write specifically: nouns and sensory images. Even in a painting you can smell, feel, hear, sometimes taste… as well as see. Look at the painting and add anything you have missed. When you have written down every possible thing you can about the painting, look at what you have jotted down and circle, or underline, images, phrases, words that seem, to you, to be connected. Pull them out and rewrite them. Then order them in a way that sounds like, is ordered like and makes sense as a poem.

Rather than give you mine and have your brain fettered by what I see, I’ll give you one I wrote in response to another painting, but I will do that tomorrow. You have enough to digest with this post. I will also share with you the source of the 15 words.


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4 responses to “Wednesday Writing: Finding poetry, part 2

  1. Suchada @ MamaEve

    10/11/2010 at 6:06 pm

    I can’t believe WP didn’t save a copy. I thought they automatically saved every few minutes. You can probably set it to do it more often too. I’m sooo enjoying your posts!

    • mroby

      10/11/2010 at 6:29 pm

      Well…they do. But for the life of me I could not find where. I spent quite a while looking. You would think they would make it obvious with a label that says: Draft! I’m glad you are enjoying the posts. I love writing them and hope I don’t run out!

  2. Sharp Little Pencil

    11/11/2010 at 12:31 pm

    Welcome to Poets United, Margo! Don’t recognize your handle from Poetic Asides, but you can always drop a link there or post the entire poem.

    To all poets: I tend to write my poem in Word first, then cut and paste. Saves that pesky “draft that drifted away” thing, so… frustrating!

    Your circular dropping into the salty sea, yes, I have had that dream but never associated with Icarus. I’m too busy nibbling away at my own wax wings, I suppose.

    See you on the Poets United site – make sure you “trackback” to their home page and your every post will appear at a link in their sidebar!

    Peace, Amy Barlow Liberatore

    • mroby

      11/11/2010 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you for the lovely welcome. A quick question as I am new to the whole poetry and technology thing: How do I do a “trackback”? I will be happy to do that once I have added to my learning curve.

      Love your “nibbling away at my own wax wings”. Gorgeous.



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