Sunday, July 8, 2012
Happy Sunday!! I'm still trying to decide if this week went by really quickly or really slowly because of the holiday on Wednesday. Anyway, here we are on Sunday!
Every month I tell myself that I'm going to join Kelly and Leslie's poetry project. And every month I forget! Apparently I'm not the only one because they've decided to revamp the project a bit. Head over to Kelly's blog to see the details as well as the monthly themes.
To start things off (again), they've asked a couple of questions.
Why do you want to join for the Poetry Project?
I enjoy reading poetry but am not very good at it. Well, of course anyone can read the words on the page but to read them and to glean any type of meaning are two different ideas. I assume that reading poetry becomes easier with practice but seems that poetry is one of those things that I always forget about. Like short stories.
Do you have a favourite poet?
I'm not sure that I've read enough poetry to claim a favorite poet. Most of my reading centers around the classic poetry that is taught in grade school and college. I've always been drawn to Walt Whitman.
Hopefully this will go longer than a year. Do you have any suggestions for themes?
I really love the War Remembrance poems idea! There are several from WWI that have always really interested me. Perhaps poems from different time periods? Renaissance, Harlem Renaissance, Classical, Reformation, Modern, etc.
What are your experiences with poetry in the past? Have they been positive or negative?
My experiences with poetry come from close reading in high school and college. I loved learning about poetry but this was always easier in a discussion forum where bits and pieces are discovered through discussion and background information. Sometimes I think of poems as little puzzles to be solved by fitting all of the pieces together. I don't always have the discipline to read closely on my own (whether poetry or not). Once upon a time I used to write a lot of poetry but I don't anymore and don't care to read what I've read in the past. Except for a kick-ass poem I wrote about being sick (it's not really kick-ass). Maybe I'll share one day.
Tell us about a poem or poet that has had a profound effect on you. If you can't think of a poem, how about a song? Or a line from a story?
A song. I've always loved the song Elsewhere by Sarah McLachlan.
I believe, this is heaven to no one else but me
And I'll defend it, long as I can be
Left here to linger in silence
If I choose to, would you try to understand?
What frustrates you about poetry or the way we talk about poetry?
It isn't really a frustration--just a lack of talking about poetry in general. I know I'm not the only one who overlooks poetry! And doesn't really know how to talk about it.
Tell us something about yourself that has nothing to do with poetry!
This time next week? I'll be in Maui baby!
What are you experiences with poetry? What's going on with you today?