Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ideas for April Poetry Month


My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird -
equal seekers of sweetness.

Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums,
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
                                - Mary Oliver

The above poem in five lines describes Mary Oliver's love of life. 

She notices details.

What if she omitted the first line, would we understand her intent by the title and subjects chosen?

In another poem she writes, "The luna moth, who lives but a few days, sometimes only a few hours, has a pale green wing whose rim is like a musical notation."

Here she makes a comparison many might miss. She avoids abstractions and reveals details to let the reader experience her message.

Choose three poems by favorite poets or select your own work. 

Does the title do enough work in each piece? 

Do some lines tell the reader too much? 

Consider how the poems lead the reader or reveal information in metaphor or sensory imagery.

Begin a poem by noticing what you love most in the natural world.  Write the lines to connect an emotional understanding with a discovery.  

Let the title pique curiosity but not tell too much about the subject.

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