Tuesday 13 October 2015

Poems can...my slogans for poetry: please share any or all...

Poetry is for everyone. In private or for sharing, we find ourselves in it.

The poet suggests. We interpret. That's freedom.

Poetry makes the familiar unfamiliar. And the unfamiliar familiar.

Poetry can tell stories but it doesn't have to. It can talk about the moment or the thing.

Poetry can say I Am. Poetry can say We Are.

Poetry can say I Believe. Poetry can say We Believe.

Poetry can stick up for the weak. Poetry can mock the mighty.

Poetry can glorify our rulers or it can dissect them. You choose.

Poetry can dream. It can analyse. It can do both at the same time.

Poetry can say things through its sounds without telling you that this is what it’s doing.

Poetry can celebrate. Poetry can mourn. We choose who to celebrate who to mourn.

Poetry begs borrows and steals from all other uses of language and recycles it as poems.

Poetry can change the usual patterns of language.

One way to write poems is to talk with your pen.

Some poems can say thing about feelings but only talk about things we can see.

In rhythmic poems the rhythm is made by the 'foot'. In free verse, the rhythm is usually the line.

When children say how do you start to write a poem, I say 'by daydreaming'.

A lot of poems start in a poet's mind with a query.

Beware when the poet says 'I'. It is not the poet. The 'I' is made of words the poet has chosen. The poet is a person. 

Most poems repeat something: words, sounds, images,rhythms, meanings.Even opposites are a kind of repetition.

For poets there are no such thing as wow words. For poets all words are wow words. Especially 'the' and 'a'.

Some poems can be mimed.

Poets often walk about looking for ways to begin poems.

Try bringing together two things that don't belong together.

Poems like psychic reality. It's where the feelings are believable even if it's demons or giants or...

There are no right and wrong answers on what poems mean but it does no harm to read or listen to what others say.

Some poems cheat time: they freeze the moment. But they can't cheat the reader's time.

Studying poetry shouldn't be a humiliation.

In science the truth has to be proven. In poetry the truth can be suggested.

If you don't know what a poem means, ask yourself and the person nearest you what it reminds you of. Then ask why or how.

A poem is a poem if the writer and the reader agree it's a poem. If they don't agree, it's under discussion.

Everytime you say that something is like another you get a new angle on those two things. Poems often do that.

Many poems don't solve anything.They may start conversations that help you though.

Poets don't know all the meanings of their poems. All the meanings of the poems are made by the poet and the readers.

Poems aren't made of words. They're made of sequences of words.

Poems can capture simultaneous opposites and contradictions when the sound runs counter to the most customary meaning of the words

Think of political poems as if they are political speeches. Only if they are dull, do they not work. Not because they are political.

'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen must be a perfect poem because no Prime Minister so far has recited it at a war memorial. So far.