Friday, April 25, 2008

Poetry Tips: I talk of Dreams...

Poems about dreams can be interesting to read and fun to write. If you are so lucky as to have a Dream Dictionary on hand, you can go even further in writing a poem about a dream you’ve had because you can look up the hidden meaning and try to include it in some way. To write about dreams you can take several ways, one could be free-form thinking where images from your dreams are written line by line as they come to you. Or you can take a dream you’ve had and turn it into a story-line. You can also write a poem as though you have a dream for the future, much like many great speeches. For example, I have lots of dreams about caves, and according to my Dream Dictionary it a meeting with death and rebirth. I just may try writing a poem about my cave dreams and I challenge you to write poems about your own dreams. If you’re really motivated, keep a Dream Journal and then you’ll have plenty of material for poems.
Good luck and may the muse be with you!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Oranges and Sardines Open Submissions

This is entirely new; please check out the guidelines at the site using the link below. You can send 8 to 12 poems via e-mail to didimenendezAThotmailDOTcom. No simultaneous submissions, for more information, check it out at:

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“Oktombro” by D.E. Stewart
“aura” by Arlo Quint

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Adrienne Rich is Rich in Writing

Adrienne Rich was born in 1929 and is thought of very highly in the world of poetry and in literature in general. She is known as one of the front runners for feminism and has written many books of poetry and essays. I picked up Telephone Ringing In The Labyrinth, published by W.W. Norton and Company in 2007, a collection of poems from 2004 – 2006 at my local library. (What on earth would I do without a library? What would you do without one?) There are two poems I quite enjoy and they happen to be back to back, so to speak, in this collection.

One is titled “Calibrations” and it caught my eye because it mentions a prosthetic hand and a ghostlimb. “A prosthetic hand calibrates perfectly/the stem of a glass/or how to stroke a face/…” It catches my eye because in my personal life I am close to someone who uses a prosthetic limb. Also the same with “ghostlimb” where her lines say “it’ll come with you the ghostlimb/…the shadow blind/echo of your body spectre of your soul/…” Again, it catches my eye for personal reasons. However, the poem itself is beautiful and raises eyebrows as you ponder the person tuning their guitar in the beginning and the poem which then shifts to the idea of the person’s touch being replaced by the prosthetic hand which cannot feel touch.

The second poem is “Skeleton Key” and I just love each and every line I have to say. Adrienne Rich is just wonderful at poems with marvelous lines that catch your eye and set you thinking, but I just happen to love the long and short lines of this poem. How does she do it? The way she spaces words out or divides them up makes it an enjoyable read. I can’t copy the way the lines are arranged thanks to the blog program being a bit stubborn, but I can quote some lines: “a small wound, swallow-shaped, on my wrist/ripped by a thorn/exacerbated by ash and salt/…” the imagery there is beautiful and somber at the same time don’t you think? Then there is “Then I slept, and had a dream/ No more/No mas/From now on, only/reason’s drugged and dreamless sleep/…” it seems such a simple thing to say yet it makes you pause… Just a wonderful poem.

The entire book is, of course, a worthwhile read and I hope you will look up her books in the store or library. I have also included a link below so you can find out more about her.

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Monday, April 21, 2008


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