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On Poetry

I've gone back to writing poetry lately -- the urge tends to strike when I've got any sort of strong feelings, so I've decided I may as well run with it.

Truth is, I'm rather defiant; I like to write and read poetry with meanings that are clear. Multi-layered metaphors and rampant allusions are all well and good for artistic merit, but they don't have much personal appeal to me.

My favorite forms are tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables), sonnets (bloody hard to write), and limericks. I like constrained forms; they make me use all my vocabulary, and I have to actually work at them to make them poetic.

I've even got a favorite ancient Japanese poet: Kakinomoto no Hitomaro.

And yes, I do say a lot about poetry without ever posting any here. I don't think highly of my own work. Although, I'm tempted to post some of the silly limericks I've written, or my haiku grocery list.

I'm sure some poets are grave-spinning over the haiku grocery list. Sorry....



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Sep. 1st, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hello from Miss Vicki,
I'm really glad to read what is going on even if it is old news. Great that you found good classes to take. I might be taking one or two myself. What else is happening? I'm seeing no very recent posts from anyone. Are you on My Space also?

E-mail me at wheelerv@spiritone.com if you want to keep in touch, coffee etc.
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