March has arrived, and with its freshness comes a new hope for growth and possibilities. Hope that’s stirred from under melting pools of winter ice and glowed from behind thinning veils of cloud cover. And it’s ready to burst. In honor of celebrating the new upcoming season, I want to share my poetry page. As you know, I am a writer of more than fiction, and more than journaling though all the steps in between my writing travels. I am a writer of poetry (https://stepsinbetween.com/poetry/).
I had never thought of myself as a poet until a friend told me I was. It happened quiet by chance. And I promise to write about that experience in another post, another day. But for now, I want to share a sampling of poetry with you.
Wednesday Whims of Poetry is just that – whims. The noun, whim, is defined as an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk. (dictionary.com)
There is no order or theme to this collection; I simply post a new poem every Wednesday, sharing my range and even experimental pieces (that may change over time). They are reflective of my fancy on a given mid-week day… hence Wednesday Whims!
Since my followers don’t get notification on Wednesdays, I would like to blog a reminder at the start of each month… a tiny bud of renewed growth and possibility at each turn of the calendar. I hope you enjoy and leave me your thoughts in the comments (on this page and/or my poetry page). I am always looking to challenge myself further in this art.
Writing Advice: Read as a Writer
You probably already know the way to become a better writer is to read more. I teach my students to read like writers and write like readers. Since they are already trying to think metacognitively (see https://stepsinbetween.com/2018/02/11/metacogni-love-fall-in-love-with-what-youre-creating/), then as they read, they are also picking up traits and crafts writers uses to engage their attention. How is the author unfolding his or her message? The goal when my students write is to dip into what they noticed the author doing, so they can springboard from that, or emulate it in their own unique way.
If you are a writer of poetry, it makes sense to see how other poets reveal themselves through their words. If you are a fiction or nonfiction writer, then of course, you need to immerse yourselves in those specific genres. I am a firm believer that reading all genres is helpful to any writer… but the point is to read.
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I enjoyed reading through some of your poems. I lingered over the one about the all-weather tires and secure love — the one about the tree — about San Francisco — and the one with this line:
My feet plant themselves
on the moon,
and I fall
little girl on a swing,
with popcorn stars
in brilliant darkness.
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Thank you so much!