Gifts to Nurture Your Poetic Self
When your friends and family just don’t understand how your heart aches for more poetry, more books, more literary love, click over to these sites and smile.
The Manual is posting “twelve days of the people, places, and things that made our lives a little better in 2014.”
A Huffington Post article lists some great poetry books.
A great place to shop for personal poems. Beautifully framed.
Yep, you read that right. So cute!
Who wouldn’t want this bag? It’s crazy cool. Some day I want my face on a bag. I just made that a goal for my bucket list. Meanwhile, my plan is to buy this bag and fill it with poetic treats. Along with a cup of cocoa and some ginger snaps, I’ll be nurturing my poetic self this season.
So, what’s on your poetic Christmas list?
In honor of Poem-A-Day Month, I decided instead of posting my poems here every day, I’ll post quotes about poetry or advice for poets from the ancients.
This week I’ll focus on Horace Ars Poetica, or “The Art of Poetry,” which is a poem written by Horace c. 19 BCE. It consists of 476 lines containing nearly thirty maxims for . . . poets.
Horace advises poets to read widely, to strive for precision, and to find the best criticism available. He councils that a poem demands unity, “to be secured by harmony and proportion, as well as a wise choice of subject and good diction.” (wiki)
The following advice is from On unity and harmony:
Great Advice! What does this mean to you? How can a subject be too heavy for our shoulders? What can we bear or not bear to write about?
To read more about Horace visit Poets.org.
Are you ready for some poetry fun?
(She’s having fun. I promise!)
November is Poem-A-Day Month.
Gather your metaphors, brew some coffee, stuff the leftover Halloween candy under your couch cushions, (You’ll need a sugar jolt now and then) and join the poetry party.
You’ll meet some outstanding poets and read some phenomenal poetry. It’s a mental and emotional challenge. If you haven’t participated in PAD, why not?
This short form was developed by Enta Kusakabe in Japan and translates literally to “five-line poem.”
Pretty much, that’s it. Five lines.
Give it a try.
Here is one I wrote:
Photo: Piotr Siedlecki Public Domain
WHERE’VE YOU BEEN?
The clock always
tells me the truth.
You offer hours of excuses.
This little joker
c. J.lynn Sheridan 2014