Recently I participated in a workshop run by Jenny Argante; a poetry workshop. During our hands-on-work session, Jenny provided pointers that I believe apply to all writing structure:
- one’s own voice is the strongest and truest
- write, rewrite, rework, rework
- read your work out loud; addition and omission become evident then.
Her suggestion that selected phrases from prose may often be turned into good poetry, really hit home for me. So, motivated by her enthusiasm, and taking note of the seven elements of good poetry writing cited, I was compelled to pen a form into which I have rarely delved. The result:
I stop, stare blankly
Wonder why here?
Could it be my
Memory’s deserting me!
“Not,” I say -
Fear spawning. I scurry,
Worry my way
On the trail
Of hide-and-seek thought
That brought me here
To blankly stare… and,
What do you think? Compare my effort with the seven elements of good poetry listed below.
Seven Elements of Good Poetry.
· have shape and a design
· are rhythmical; have a metrical beat or musical quality
· reveal new things (but not necessarily complicated)
· Are significant, not mindless waffle
· are intense (concentrate on essentials)
· are concrete, written about real things in real words
· are exact; the idea, observation, or experience has been turned into something specific.
Looking for material to inspire your writing? Try The Tauranga Writers' Website where sections on prose, poetry, creative writing, exercises and issues may be found.