May 17th, 2011

mole-think, writing, write, mole-write

Poetry: Thoughts from reading else-LJ

Most of the following post/mini-essay/rant was originally going to be a comment on a post by ysabetwordsmith that linked to a poll on DW about poetry and people's understanding/enjoyment/reading/writing of it. This is a ramble of thoughts dumped into my keyboard, for which I do not apologise.

Some of my free-verse, like the poetry that people (in comments on the above links) are referring to as "prose with random line-breaks", has random-seeming line-breaks because that is how my brain works and that is how the words come out. I rarely edit my free-verse because it is self-descriptive in that way. The form of the stream-of-consciousness describes the words as such.

I love reading. Anything with words on it. Poetry, prose, cereal packets, anything. I initially had difficulty reading haiku, for example, because I could not "feel" the meter but now love to read and write them because they tickle the mathematical part of my brain much like knitting does. There is bound to be a poem or poetry style out there that I cannot parse but I can usually eventually see the meter, rhyme or lack thereof as part of the meaning of the poem.

Maybe it is because I have a classical music training as well. Many of my poems I have set to music with my guitar, back when I still used to play, and so know that much poetry (and even prose) can have rhythm imposed upon it by setting it to music. Just because the author did not make it blatantly obvious to the reader with signposts, rhymes, line-breaks and other punctuation does not mean that it is not there to be found.

I used to hate "poetry appreciation" classes at 'high-school' in English Literature class because, as someone who had been writing poetry since I was eight, I knew that the reader would very often have no idea what the author meant by their poem's words. I went through a phase of writing poems as opaque and hard to decipher as possible that were also 'clever', 'pretty', lyrical or rhythmic, just to see what other people might (fail to) make of them. I knew what I meant by them. They were my own secret code to myself, I suppose. I remember verbally laying into one English teacher (6th form, my friend's (who talked me into showing him my poetry) teacher - I did not study English) who had offered to critique some of my poetry out of class. He had talked about how I should edit them or change things. He just did not get that the words came out of my head, off the pen and onto the page (in those days - keyboard, often, now but more rarely) exactly how I meant them to be. Changing them would ruin them and change what they were saying. Narcissistic of me, maybe, but if the words asked me to write them, who was I to change them?

My tweets

creative, edm, edim

I am going to try to do this

30 Reasons to participate in #30daysofcreativity | 30 Days of Creativity

30 Days of Creativity is a social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June.

I did ask @ createstuff on Twitter, 'I assume that "create something" = "be creative" rather than "make and finish something"' and got the reply, "Open to interpretation, but we want to see what you're being creative with. :]".

The thing is, I am creative almost every day as it is. I knit, write, take photos sometimes and even, very occasionally, draw or paint. This is almost like me saying that I will spend 30 days in June doing what I do every day. If the deal was to make/finish something every day that would be a lot harder because the knitting, at least, is usually more of an ongoing project. I guess I could try to post pictures of progress, post some new writing and/or post new (or old but as yet un-posted1) photos. Making the LJ post about how I have been creative that day might be one way to do it.

Maybe I could take this as the excuse/reason to start going out for walks with my camera again!

One thing I can see might be a problem is if I have a bad day health-wise. That always derails me when I do things like this. Maybe I could let myself post to LJ retrospectively if, for example, I have knitted in bed but not taken photos or progress until I am well. I can only see there being a REAL problem doing this if I am REALLY ill and unable to even do that.

Another concern is my weird "day" shape. Almost nocturnal and with no regular pattern to my asleep and awake times. For the purposes of this I will define "day" as delimited by my meds, meals and the "going to #bed" and "#wakingup" tweets on @natdaylog. Hmmmm. That could work.

Just thought of something else. For me, reading is creative and something that I do not always have the brain to be able to do. I often read online whilst knitting but am currently, for example, reading a library book on paper! which is both a chance for me to lear (which is creative to me) and also a minor form of exercise as I work out how to hold the book so it does not hurt much.

So, I think I can do this. I don't think there are any real RULES and so I think it might work out.

1 That feels a little like cheating except that posting the 1000s of unposted photos in my archives has been on my to do list for years.

Rhetorical question / venting

Why are so many wonderful people/family/friends/LJFriends/pets/*-of-* getting cancer all of a sudden (well in the last few years but faster and faster recently)?

Comments disabled - rhetorical means just that.