DISCUSSION – BEST FOOT FORWARD

We all find our niche where our poetry is concerned. Sometimes we dabble to bring a diverse voice to our work. Sometimes we realize that we do one form or subject better than others. In this discussion, talk about what kind of poem you find easiest to write. Maybe someone has told you that you seem to excel at a certain kind of poem. You might write to one poetic form better than others. Don’t write a poem here, we want to know what makes our writers the passionate people they are.  What do you do best? Tell us about it!

12 thoughts on “DISCUSSION – BEST FOOT FORWARD

  1. So many times, I am told by other poets that my love poems rock their worlds. Romance comes easy for me to write. I suppose my earliest ideas of poetry were that you wrote it for one you loved, an audience of one. I developed my “style” early on, starting with lyrics for love songs I would compose in my early teens. But the scope of words goes further than that. Exploring forms and wit and humor and sadness brings different types of poems to the fore. And although I feel comfortable with any subject (as long as I can express it well), I will agree that my love poems written for people real or imagined, here or gone, tends to be my best work.

  2. I’m not sure I know which style or type of poem I do better than another, but do love short haiku–they “trap” a moment so easily sometime. I have written SO sparsely lately, but trying to get back to regular writing with journaling.
    I do know that I find the greatest satisfaction in writing about nature…it is easy for me, for instance, to consider the perceptions of a snail I find sliding along on may kayak, or imagining what a run-down barn might be thinking. Right now, I could speak from the heart of a bird-feeder that hangs outside my writing-space window. It’s lonely this morning, and unvisited. I’m sure it has something to say.

  3. There is a certain relative of ekphrasis that works well for me. It’s not descriptive. Investigatory? Like trying to say something that’s NOT in the other work. The constraint gives me something to chew over. Without some obstruction it is too easy to say groundless things, just to make pretty words.

  4. When I think of what I consider some of my better poems, what sets them apart is that they are personal. The things that have touched me most, people I have loved or that I’ve had conflicts with (and who doesn’t have conflicts with loved ones) or places that mean or meant so much to me are what I write best. I like writing to a picture or a line or quote from another poet or writer. It is always interesting where that takes me.

  5. I write from need and in response to an event, thought, prompt, experience, sign, portent. Words flow constantly requiring capture before poem/water seeps gushes rushes through the sieve of memory. Like stream-of-consciousness, I “write” while doing other things, noting on paper or phone a nugget that might be poem later: death, struggle, social justice, interactions both personal and often with nature, bits of conversations. While I used to work far more with traditional forms, I am more comfortable with free verse, both “structured” and open. I like to think my better work speaks strongly to the reader of time, place, and the human condition, including mental illness; my own struggles with bi-polar disorders being a lens that both challenges and intensifies my poetic process.

  6. My impetus to write poems sprang from music, and my frustration that I couldn’t hear it well or write it at all. My earliest models were lyricists such as Mercer, Hammerstein, Hart, Berlin, Kahn. I like to play with forms, and have a special fondness for French forms, but my favorite form probably is the Crapsey cinquain, partly because Adelaide lived in the same city I grew up in, but mainly for its bow-and-arrow effect, as I see it: tension builds up in 2,4,6,8 syllables in successive lines, then releases in the two-syllable fifth line.

  7. I guess I’m somewhat of a story teller or picture painter. I like the Japanese styles, Haiku, Tanaka, etc., for their brief but powerful messages, then I’ll turn around and write a long or even longer freestyle story poem. I particularly love writing about God and Jesus, family and life, and the many things that I have experienced. I have many poems that I have poured my soul into and hope to leave them to my children as part of my legacy.

  8. I like to write autobiographical work, especially about my childhood. Conjuring up those memories of living in the Pennsylvania countryside around many relatives is a fun thing to do for me. My relationship with God, in Jesus, is at the core of who I am so that kind of pops out naturally. I also like to write about travel, nature and various kinds of animals. I like to write humor, so limericks are fun. I like the French forms and they seem to turn out well. And of course acrostics come easily for me. I use them in my prayer life, to walk and talk with God and to help me fall asleep at night. When I don’t have time to fiddle with a form, I write free verse. I think it’s funny how poetic the moon is. When in doubt, I write about the moon. I have a hard time figuring out what people, particularly editors, like. A lot of time I get the most comments on what I consider practice or scrap poems. My hubby teases me about that.

  9. It has been a while since I have written, so I am not obsessive about poetry. I love to write silly verse, which is usually rhymed. Often I create my own forms. I love word pictures and alliteration. Generally I write about daily life. Rarely do I write about sadness, but I would rather write about joy.

  10. Although I write poems in a variety of forms and styles, as fiction, as well, I’d say my best works come when the description is strong. It draws readers and reader friends in if they can vividly see what is in my piece. From phrasing and arrangement, I get my metaphors. And through the writing I get to learn about what my experiences mean to me.

    I also write great love poems. I’ve got a great lady friend.

  11. I like to experiment with form, but my best work is usually a self-therapy session. I write best when I have something I am feeling strongly about. To me, that is when the poetic form is at its best–when it conveys a feeling of some kind.

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