How to connect with your Poem

This is really helpful exercise, clearly planning out the structure a poem with questions works really well in creating a direction for a poem.

Preforming is always quite a big deal to the majority of artists so by practicing by conversing the poem, sounds like a great way to remember line as well as acting like the audience are people you know.

This sounds perfect for beginners as well as those that want to brush up on their poetry skills. Awesome stuff!

The MOUTHY Poets blog

With all the work we have been doing on our poems after the past few months, a few of us are feeling a bit disconnected with what they are really about. On Friday Anne got us to really have a good think about our poems and reconnect with them. The closer we feel to what we’re saying, the more likely it is that our personalities and thoughts will shine through.

So, when trying to connect with the essence of your poem, ask yourself these questions:

1)      Who is the character in your poem?

2)      How old is he/she?

3)      What is their favourite item of clothing?

4)      What item does he/she always carry in his/her pocket?

5)      What is his/her special talent/skill?

6)      What is his/her greatest fear?

7)      What is his/her greatest hope?

8)      Who is your character talking to?

9)      What does the addressee look like?

10)   How…

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The MOUTHY Poets Blog

Mouthy Poets is an awesome blog, with several members updating the blogs content. The blog seems to be a community of poets/bloggers coming together with brilliant fresh posts. The range of posts including, poems, poets, discussion and a lot more. There’s a combination of fun, serious and educational style posts, which I personally think is a really great way to interest a wide range of people, style and age wise. The posts are quite long but broken down into short paragraphs making each post easier to follow.

I thought the personal feel of the blog has been well thought out, it’s almost like the posts are personally for you. The blog is really hooked up to social media site which is important for gaining popularity. The use of facebook and twitter combined shows a huge support for The MOUTHY Poets. I think this blog starts on a level with people, tending to several different types of poetic ability, as well as considering professionalism with a hint of fun.

I found this blog really inspiring; it is well worth a look.

Blog: http://mouthypoets.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MouthyPoets

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MouthyPoets

Poem of the Day – Jesse Parent – To the Boys Who One Day Date My Daughter

This poem was sent to me by a good friend of mine and I really please she did. I love the concept of this poem! It’s comedic and serious which I think is a great balance. The topic matter is something parents everywhere can relate to! A serious warning wrapped with sincerity, I think it’s a really touching piece.

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Apple and Snakes

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Today I’ve been checking out Apples and Snakes a poetry events website, it’s focused on poetry events happening around the UK. With well planned events advertised months in advance, which I think shows the success of not only the website but the organisation and planning put into these events.

There are workshops available for poets to improve their skills; I’ve never really seen so many places offered on one website. I think it’s well worth a look if you’re a starting poet of just want a few tips; I took a look at a couple of the links and each one seemed encouraging and positive. With support for the young as well as adults, from poetry slams to educational projects, Apples and Snakes seems to be a very popular, positive team of organisers.

I think the whole education element is great, one for adults and one for children, I love that Apples and Snakes are keeping it fun for the kids but a little more serious for the adults. Making people of all ages aware of what they can do and what sort of poetry is out there to experience. I think that’s brilliant!

The events available can be narrowed down through selecting where you live, saving you going through all the events that you cannot get to, a really nice time saving feature. The whole site is chic and the layout is easy to navigate. It is simple to see all the pages available, Apples and Snakes have narrowed it down to nine main pages, which I personally think are relevant and not just space fillers.

There’s a great mixture of pictures, text and videos on the site, it keeps it fun and interesting. I think in comparison to some poetry website Apples and Snakes is really modern and plants a fresh idea of poetry in the viewers mind. With a lot of poetry sites they are aimed at an older audience and the sites are quite sophisticated and complex, which can be overwhelming and boring at times. So I really did find this site to be a breath of fresh air.

Really worth a look even if it’s just to take a look at some new poets, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something or someone you like the look of.

Here is the site:

http://www.applesandsnakes.co.uk/

© Poetry Phenomenon 2014

Poem of the Day – Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
Its one thing to describe something you’ve seen, but its talent to bring something you’ve created to life. This creepy creature that Lewis Carroll brings to life is freaky, scary and almost alien. I absolutely love this poem its one of my all time favourites, this reminds me of my childhood. I think most people can remember hearing this in their English class as a child, as their teacher read this poem with character and emphasis. Its memorable, slightly dark and wacky for its time. This poem is truly a magnificent piece that people of a variety of ages can treasure.

Poem of the Day – Staircase – Andrea Gibson

This is personally one of my favorite poems, Andrea Gibson has a way with words. She pulls you in on her journey, using words in a way I have never come across before. This poem moves fast, within this poem there are separate narratives running throughout it, several emotions, honest emotions.

Gibson’s poems almost always involve her, she lays herself bare and I think that is brave. Which is maybe why I admire her so much. This poem builds such a clear image, I personally can see this poem play like a film in my mind. I think this is because Gibson’s voice is strong and carries each sentence like the last, filled with emotion and compassion.The accompany music fits perfectly, rounding it all off nicely. I truly adore this poem.

Central Library Poetry Reading Group.

 

DSC_0219Today I had the great opportunity to visit The Central Library Poetry Reading Group. Each member read a poem of their choice, which was then discussed further once it had been read.

I found the experience lovely, everyone was friendly and made my time at the group really enjoyable. The range of poem styles that were read, intrigued me greatly.

Reading groups are just as fascinating as reciting groups, bringing popular poets to the attention of those that enjoy poetry. From my point of view today a few poets have been mentioned that I will be looking at. Reading groups broaden interest and awareness of poetry and think that’s really key in keeping poetry alive.DSC_0227

 

The poems read:

To an Old Philosopher in Rome – 1954 – By Wallace Stevens

Epilogue of Haworth Churchyard – 1855 – By Matthew  Arnold

The Deserted Village – 1728-1774 – By Oliver Goldsmith

Afterwards – By Thomas Hardy

I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed – 1892 – 1950 – By Edna Millay

Each of these poems read were historically old, but still had great depth of meaning and touched upon things that can in some cases be related to. Such as death, lust, loss, etc.

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I just want to say a massive thank you to the entire group for a wonderful afternoon.

Please check out their blog – http://towerandfountainpoetry1.wordpress.com/

© Poetry Phenomenon 2014