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  1. #11
    I would say that, poetry comes from your mind. It requires the development of associative skills, relationship skills, intuitive processes, and a sense of economy. Doing your best to use as few words as possible to convey your expression. One of the most basic axioms concerning art, is to know when to stop. Having a large fund of words up in the gray matter goes a long way also. If you have been a reader for a long time, it presents the opportunity to take it to the next level. Try to recognize fluff words, use them sparingly. Reading poems here, and reading the replies of others may be helpful. Try replying to some poems, with a focus on trying to understand the symbolism and the overall impression you received from the piece, and how did it impact you. I can't transmit the how of it, my way would not work for you, if it would you would be writing. I don't say my way is the way, or that it works for others. I just like to express, with as little effort as I can get away with. Most of my work causes eyestrain it would seem. But that is okay, when it does work for someone, that's were I get my gratification. Not the first gratification. The first gratification comes after I lay my pencil down and say it's fin. Then read it to see how closely it matches up with what is up there. If I'm happy with it, all else pales in significance.

    luck with it


  2. #12
    Writing poetry makes one more observant in life, and I have found a wealth of inspiration in just observing the world around me in my day to day life: from some snatch of conversation I overhear, or an odd sight on the side of the road, or a building, or something as mundane as a tree or a bird or a piece of trash blowing in the wind.

    I have also been amazed at what I come up with by thumbing through my handy pocket dictionary and picking a handful of words at random and then brainstorming how they connect - this has worked several times with me, giving me pieces that I love and that I never would have come up with strictly "out of my head" - everyone needs prompts now and then. It is still self-expression because no one would write the same piece as another, even with the same handful of words or the same writing prompt.

    The best times are when inspiration strikes without warning, usually when I'm not thinking about writing at all. It's like I hear a train whistle far off, and I know a new poem is heading my way, so I wait by the tracks for it. I keep a notebook handy for such moments, or I open a Word document on the computer if I happen to be close to one. Sometimes a piece seems to nearly create itself, I suppose it's the subconcious mind at work.

    I guess the best advice is to write everyday, even if it is trash. The act of writing keeps the juices flowing. Stream of consciousness is amazing, covering a certain number of pages over with words without thinking, just writing writing writing, even if it is nonsense, whatever comes to mind, don't stop. Then go back over the writing and pull out images, phrases, word associations, that seem to have potential and write a piece around them - you will be surprised at what you create this way.

    good luck
    Last edited by toddm; May 13th, 2012 at 03:34 AM.

  3. #13
    Get a photograph, write what you see happening in the photograph down to the last detail. make a story out of it. Then add a little of your imagination to the story to include yourself into the work. When it's done, rewrite it again from a new perspective, adding in some of your philosophy.

    Main thing is to start out with the concrete. and a picture is definitely concrete.

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  5. #15
    Reading and writing good poetry inspires me. Being around (even if only online) other writers keeps me writing. Revisioning my older work keeps me writing as well.

    I have a spiral notebook where I printed off about ten of my favorite poems, cut them out line by line and scotch taped them to the front. It's neat to look at. But when I feel stuck when I'm writing in it I can go back to the front, read these amazing poems, and find inspiration. The way it looks is kind of crazy because the way the lines match up end up (because I put them up with the lines end to end) being strange and tilted--I'm able to read one line of a from Poe and the next line I read might be from Plath or William Carlos Williams.

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