About Poetry

As we embark on our quest for  knowledge through different art forms. On style of artistic expression stands out in the universe of writing, or that expression of ones thoughts.  That art is Poetry, and it is defined generally but "poetry is" can be so abstract a definition to each individual. The commonality about poetry most people agree upon is that it is a pure expression, deep or rhyming, synaptic or in specific order. Poetry has stood the test of time crossing cultures and generations. Music, rhymes and songs are all an extension of the attraction to poetic expression.  Here we want to focus on poems, the writer who translated thought into squiggly lines on the paper, that form words and eventually thoughts, ideas and visual imagery.  The reader, focusing light on the retina to commence he act of interpreting those squiggles of ink on the page and conveying the meaning into their consciousness. The aim is to share and study the expression of a community being let into someones soul or heart. 

One of our favorite and most coveted poets of our time is the late Maya Angelou. Her life and story of is nothing short of  inspiration, and her legacy is kept intact by her married personas to her work. She shared not too long ago about her writing process and its worth mentioning.

I keep a hotel room in my town, although I have a large house. And I go there at about 5:30 in the morning, and I start working. And I don’t allow anybody to come in that room. I work on yellow pads and with ballpoint pens. I keep a Bible, a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a bottle of sherry. I stay there until midday. About once a month, the management slips a note under my door and they ask, ‘Please, Dr. Angelou, may we change the sheets? We know they must be moldy.’ But I’ve never slept there. I just go in and sit down and work.

— Maya Angelou

Oprah.com has other great information about starting your own poetic sharing process. Here are some ways that stood out

Take out a pad and pen, your favorite pen—the one that just slides across the paper. Be sure you have an hour or so, so you can take your time with each prompt.

 Ways to Write a Poem

  1. Make a list of five things you did today, in the order you did them.
  2. Write down a dream. If you can't remember one, make it up.
  3. Take 15 minutes to write an early childhood memory, using language a child would use.
  4. Write a forbidden thought, to someone who would understand.
  5. Write a forbidden thought, to someone who would not.
  6. Make a list of five of your favorite "transitional objects." Choose one and describe it in detail.
  7. Write down three questions you'd ask as if they were the last questions you could ever ask.
  8. Write down three slant rhymes, pairs of words that share one or two consonants rather than vowels (moon/mine and long/thing are slant rhymes).
  9. Write three things people have said to you in the past 48 hours. Quote them as closely as you can.
  10. Write the last extreme pain you had, emotional or physical. If the pain were an animal, what animal would it be? Describe the animal.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/12-Ways-to-Write-a-Poem#ixzz41VwXzdOM

  Comment and contact us if you have your own poems to share. Poetry month is April and we will be exploring many hearts and souls up to and during poetry month.