A few weeks ago Robert Lee Brewer, Writer’s Digest Poetry guru, put out a call for essays from poets to explain why they write poetry.
The why isn’t easy putting into words. And I’m not sure I even touched on the real reason. Like onions, there are layers of poetic insight and reflection. The simple answer is more like–I write poetry because . . . just because.
Frankly, I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t.
If you write poetry, why? If you don’t, why not?
Here’s my essay which was published on the WD site:
It’s that time of year again. The Writer’s Digest PAD (poem-a-day) has begun. Fill your pockets and notebooks with metaphors and strong verbs. Write a poem every day for the month of November. When the month is over, collect your poems into a chapbook. You’ll need to read the guidelines for submitting yours, so click this link for all the details.
To get started, I’ll give you today’s two-for-Tuesday prompt:
- Write a stay poem.
- Write a go poem.
Interpret that however you wish.
As for me, I’m settling in with my thesaurus and a cuppa cuppa . . . and maybe some leftover Halloween candy and a very large thinking cap.
Gotta come up with something before the big game!
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