April-days of poetry-study

Hello everyone,

I’m happy to report we’ve had rain showers this week. Here in Seattle we have such a reputation for rain. People say that it rains all the time, but I think my friends in Florida get much more rain than we do. We often have the drizzly, mostly-mist days that don’t give you a lot of rain volume overall!

Here’s something I saw this week when I was walking around downtown. I looked down at the sidewalk and thought, wow, that looks like a bear’s claw.

Photo by Theresa Barker.

After I’ve been doing all this poetry this month for National Poetry Writing Month, I think images might be popping into my brain, unbidden. Finally! Hah!

In the background I’ve been working on planning for a new novel. I’m cautiously optimistic, and I’ll be blogging more about that soon. When NaPoWriMo is over!

Some of the recent prompts for poems have been a bit surreal. That’s something I can say about the following piece, which I wrote last week (spoiler alert – it may be a bit of a downer, sorry!):

Poem and photo by Theresa Barker.

The goal was to use repetition and the inspirational poem was of this pattern – repeating one line to the next, followed by a new line. I liked how it turned out. Even if it is a strange mix of words and images…!

Take care and good writing,

Theresa

15 thoughts on “April-days of poetry-study

    1. Oh my gosh, I never thought of that idea, Amy. You’re right, though! And, even though this repetition pattern was super-simple (from the original), I still found the result held interest, too. Thinking of your work, I guess we see repetition all over in nature and we still think it’s okay, even beautiful! šŸ™‚

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  1. I like the mix!! You captured us from the opening..”some feel rain even when…” it is great how you see images differently. We can relate because sometimes what you see is not what is and that is a gift you, us and perhaps many others desire.

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    1. “sometimes what you see is not what is” – so true, so true! This was, for me, an impressionistic or improvisational poem, I didn’t really expect it to make sense, but now reading it with a bit of distance, I am getting more out of it. Thanks as always for your kind words and for visiting and responding, Audrey & Tom! šŸ™‚ Hope all is well where you are.

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  2. So good to hear you’ve been working on your novel in the background, and it sounds like it’s coming along šŸ™‚ Aliteration is one of my favourite if not my favourite technique to use. On one hand some can find repetition boring and it can be just plain repetitive in general, and it’s always a good challenge to use it for emphasis. I like how you use ‘Some feel rain’ right before ‘even when there is none’ – it is a good juxtaposition there, lots of rain alongside some nothing. I was also drawn to the phrase ‘In the parade of lost lovers and destitute friends’. Sometimes you just don’t know who will be there for you and you express that in such a haunting way. Again, great writing šŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Mabel! I really liked this poem too, and it makes me feel so wonderful that you enjoyed it too. Thanks for sharing with me the phrases that spoke to you. Alliteration IS wonderful, isn’t it! and, those lost lovers…someday we’ll find them! šŸ™‚

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