Today I began thinking about the poem spark while the power was once again broken in my house. Everything was quiet, except the bugs, the birds, and the wind. Obviously, I had no access to radio, tv, or the internet, and it made me think about one of the things that first interested me in poetry: the power of words. What does one do when the power goes out? What does a writer do when the power goes out?
It's simply a blast to create unique phrases, verbs, images, etc. that support your poem and transport your reader into a new conversation with the world. Many of my favorite poems use phrases and words in a way different from ordinary conversation. So this week, we will concentrate on the words of a the poem. Here is a random list of words from the Favorite Words topic in the Just Conversation Section of Poets.org's forum:
If you'd like to know the meaning of some of these words, here's a link to an online dictionary: Dictionary.com.
This week, write a poem using one or more of the above words OR make a list of your own favorite words for a day, then write a poem with them. Please list the words you use along with your poem.
Along with the usual sampling of poems that I include with the poem spark, I'd like to also include some quotes by poets who are speaking about words and the language with which they use to write poems:
|William Stafford wrote:|
|I have this feeling of wending my way or blundering through a mysterious jungle of possibilities when I am writing.|
|Mary Oliver wrote:|
|I looked at words and couldn't believe the largess of their sound—the whole sound structure of stops and sibilants, things which I speak about now with students, until they don't simply look at the word in terms of sense but also in terms of body, in terms of sound.|
Sylvia Plath Morning Song
Claudia Emerson Bone
Barry Seiler Pincushion