Friday, May 2, 2008

Poetry Tip: Picnics and Poems

Yes, the weather is getting gorgeous and what better way to enjoy the weather than to traipse outside with your journal or laptop and write some poems? Think of how many poets get their inspiration from the outdoors, particularly in nice weather. Mary Oliver springs to mind… So your tip for this week is to go outdoors, whether it’s for a picnic, BBQ, Frisbee, or sitting in a lawn chair, and absorb some of those wonderful outdoor moments into poems.

Don’t just use the visuals of the outdoors, think of the sounds! I, for one, hear my neighbors’ wind chimes and the birds chirping, all of which could fit nicely into a poem. What about the sound of the water sprinkler? A watering can over the vegetables and flowers? How might the sounds of warm weather affect your poems? Next there are the insects, animals, trees, breezes, wind, etc… Plenty there for a poem or two!

May the muse be with you and please drop in again soon…

3 comments:

Talia said...

And perhaps the arguing neighbors, sirens, shotguns going off...lots of action out there!

Poet Hound said...

Thanks for the laughs, we get the sirens and arguing neighbors as well. All of it is fodder for poetry, no?

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'm going to our Botanic Gardens today to see the exhibition of sound sculptures there. I'm going to take photos but yes it may inspire poetry too. Given how much of my poetry is inspired by my outdoor walks, its surprising how rarely I'll actually do the writing outdoors...