One of the most useful things a beginner poet can do (aside from changing their mind, my family would suggest, or if they insist (I would suggest) reading voraciously, practicing patiently) is to examine others’ poetry in detail – and then try to examine their own in the same forensic light. Ouch.
Leading on from that is the close reading where a published poem is dissected in minute – and often academic – detail. I’m not a literary academic – and I am wondering how transferable skills are from biology to poetry, hah! – but I shall have fun trying.
There are so many poems – and poets – out there that I admire that it’s going to be incredibly difficult to choose. I hope to do one every week or so, which would mirror Jo Bell’s excellent poetry writing initiative 52; each week a lead-in and inspiration poems on the 52 blog and there is a FaceBook group for participants to share the results (in private, so they are not ‘published’ as many will hope to hone their poems and sub them).
Fittingly, I hope to start with a poem by Jo Bell: Hoary Alison, from the Morning Star last week. Jo’s sent me a revised version, though, so now I have TWO fabulous poems to play with. Might take a few days, then, but I’ll be back. I hope.
Meanwhile, the rain storms continue …