lost 23: swan darkness
beak to beak the chairs shrouded and clouded imagination in stars and striped hearts. possibly things, high-fructose swans, axles without wheels, cooks who cannot substitute one ingredient in a pink peppercorn macaroon with touches of lemongrass and meyer lemons; (see how a hand in front of your eyes can hide a mountain) those who gather salt from great salt beds know that jokes about german sausage are the wurst, startle with new mechanical robots, seven downtown skips in the narrow streets and skip to m’lou my darling change fittings baths sinks shower stalls please put a plug in the bathroom heaters embossed and purple wallpaper. a boulder decides to tumble down. a hill fire stimulates visions. branches kill. codswallop collop collywobbles comeuppance – roots of trees trip. she didn’t like her beard at first but it grew on her. ask the earth’s permission to slip through the throng no more remarkably than a shadow; ponder shape. you want to read more about the swans, corn syrup cantankerous catercornered cockalorum cockamamie; crap, that row of raindrops waiting, waiting to fall from a thin branch.
Writing is a struggle against silence. Carlos Fuentes
From a blog called Wordplay: Helping writers become authors, which is more about writing story than poem: The post is 10 Habits of Successful Authors. most of which we know already as KM Weiland’s Wordplay seems to be for beginning writers, but still, from her list the following will always be pertinent:
(photo: from Wordplay website)
3. Learn the rules. Read voraciously: fiction, books on writing (check out my list of recommend books), blogs, workshops, and anything else you can find. Never stop learning.
4. Break the rules. Once you have a solid understanding of the principles of fiction, don’t be afraid to step beyond their confines. Experiment. Think outside the box… but art is an evolution. If it stagnates, it dies.
5. Create your own inspiration. Pinpoint what inspires you and surround yourself with stimuli. Discipline, creativity, and persistence are a cure-all for writer’s block.
6. Don’t slack on the hard stuff. Don’t cut corners on research, outlining, or editing.
7. Follow your heart, not the market. Art is a deeply personal expression. Write (what) your heart has to tell.
8. Develop a thick skin. Criticism of our work can seem like a personal attack. But criticism—especially when coming from critique partners, agents, and editors—is a vital part of the process. Accept constructive criticism, learn from it, and use it to make your writing better.
10. Love what you do. The writing road has its own set of speed bumps—isolation, loneliness, rejection—but the benefits of spinning these webs of color and fantasy are more than just compensation!
From the Poem-A-day site (Academy of American Poets), these lines from Jack Gilbert’s poem:
Horses at Midnight Without a Moon
Our heart wanders lost in the dark woods./Our dream wrestles in the castle of doubt.
The Poetry Conversation:
just spent an enjoyable two hours perusing your new blog Claudia. thanks for that! Lise M. Rochefort