Just had to share this little moment with you all. The poem I posted here, an acrostic using the word FAITH won best poem of the month in its category. I am thrilled!
I have never written an acrostic before, this was my first attempt and I am more than a little humbled to win because of the fine poets I was in competition with.
Acrostic Only posts prompts monthly that anyone can enter. Click here to find out more.
Poetry and I have been friendly for a while. Ever since ever I have written poems, though most of them deserve to be closed in the dusty books at the back of my wardrobe where they sit. Poetry wooed me early in life. I swooned and worshipped the ground it walked on. It doesn't mean I wrote it well.
Try it. Go on. I dare you.
We writers know, put words together well and they sing, get it wrong and readers hear finger nails on chalkboards. But poetry helps develop an ear for the rhythm of words and heightens my observations of life. In poems my heart unfolds. My prose can only benefit. I encourage you to try it, even if it is not your thing. Even though my own poetry is far from full bodied, crafting poetry is like a gym work out for writing muscles. Cross training for writers if you will. Prose can only benefit.
Someone once said, 'there is not such thing as a synonym, only the perfect word.'
That is what poetry forces me to look for. The PERFECT word. Choosing the one word that defies the emotional landscape. The texture and tone of any writing is word choice. And the less lines I am playing with the more zealous I am about the PERFECT word.
Poets I Admire
If you'd like to check out some poets I admire, the following bloggers know exactly how to turn words into a velvet pleasure. Many of them are published poets, all with serious talent.
Sharla at She Poet http://shepoet.blogspot.com/
Jason Evans at Clarity of Night http://clarityofnight.blogspot.com/
SarahA at Dancing with the Waves of the Sea http://wwwwherethewindblows.blogspot.com/
Amais at the Magic of Integrated Circuitshttp://themagicofintergratedcircuits.blogspot.com/
Lori A. May at (doesn't actually post her poems but links to her latest anthology which is mind blowingly good! http://loriamay.blogspot.com/
Kay at Loud Silence http://notsoez2plz.blogspot.com/
Welcome to my world of Poetry at http:welcometomyworldofpoetry.blogspot.com/
Check them out. Tell 'em I sent you :)
What about you? Which poets do you admire? I'd love links to more poetry blogs too if you have any to recommend.