Poetic Motivations:66

Poetic Motivations-66

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Sadly another poet, Alchemist whose pain was the world’s gain.

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As her poetry – particular and personal, not given to generalisations. Thanks for posting this insightful comment, Davy.

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Davy D, Sylvia Plath’s writing is up there for me. Just beautiful.
So it is with this poem with an unthinkable poem. The forming of a child’s fingers, one by one to the terror of mass extinction. Powerful
and much agony behind.
miriam

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Love her inspirational writing.

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Yes, profoundly brilliant and insightful. A woman ahead of her time in many ways.

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So true! I think for me, that is what marks the difference between good writers and great writers. (The endurance of relevance through time.) As I watch the news today and hope at last, that the man posing as the leader in the White House will finally be brought down, all I can think of are Shakespeare’s words…
“The evil that men do lives after them;”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

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So too is it with brilliance. Great writers and poets live on eternally through their words…

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    An interesting and thought provoking comment Lesley. I wonder how we would define brilliance in the digital age. Would it be number of books sold, number of likes etc. Most of the older generation of poets didn’t achieve the status of greatness until long after their deaths.

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      Wow! Davy, That’s a rather profound thought. And yet, when I think about the Romantic poets, they were the rock stars of their day. As were the poets during Shakespeare ‘s time. They’d have their version of poetry slams in pubs. So locally they were popular among the so called artistic crowd . And people like Dorothy Parker were recorded on the radio and met as part of “The Algonquin Round Table”. I think perhaps every group of poets had their followers in each era. Today I actually think mediocrity is more easily available due to social media. Anyone can create a video on you tube or post a poem. I read a lot of garbage and often wish I had my teacher’s red pen. But then I come across some wonderful pieces too. So, hopefully a few true artists will emerge. Better that than a genius like Poe dying in the gutter and never knowing he was appreciated ever more…. Your comment makes me think of the episode of Doctor Who called “Vincent and The Doctor”. (My personal favorite.)Where for a moment in Time Vincent realizes his gift was actually appreciated. If you never saw it. Google it on you tube. Well worth it.

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      Lesley, funny you should mention Poe. I covered his poem Spirits of the Dead on my radio slot yesterday and had read a bit about his life and it always seemed destined for the end he had. There is good book called Deaths of The Poets by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts. If you haven’t read it it is worth a look. I will have a look at the Doctor Who episode and also keep an eye out for your red pen 🙂

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      I’ll read the deaths of poets for sure. By the way, You do NOT need a red pen. Lol I think what bothers me most about many bloggers who write poetry is their lack of research. I want to scream out you cannot call yourself a poet until you read the poems of those who came before you. (Read and hear true talent and understand what it sounds like.) Or those who think every single poem has to rhyme. Ahhhh that drives me crazy. BTW I posted the DR Who link for above.

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      And research that is beyond Wikipedia and a quick search on google, Lesley. One of the joys of writing poetry is reading other poets and as for the rhyming (don’t get me started) 🙂

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Yes! Wikipedia is often incorrect and changes often. Example: Bernie Sanders’ wife changed her age three or four times during the campaign as her stories proved impossible according to her biographies and Wikipedia. Eventually a truer age came out. ( if you’re going to lie why lie about your age? Or being at Woodstock?) anyhow, I wouldn’t let my students use it until they had three other sources first.

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    Can’t claim to have been at Woodstock Lesley. I was only six and in the UK. But I am looking forward to my fortieth birthday 🙂

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      Oh Davy you are a kid!!! LOL I was in college and my parents would not allow me to go to NY and to Woodstock but they did let me attend the Miami Pop Festival which was not far from my home, as long as I went with my older brother and friends. So in December of 1968 when I was 19, I got to see amazing bands. I had already seen Jimi Hendrix the year before as an opening act for the Monkees. (Yes, he actually opened for them) and I saw Bob Dylan when I was 16 when he came to Ft. Lauderdale. Keep in mind in 1966 I was a member of South Florida’s first all girl’s rock and roll band and we were a popular phenomena of that time. Then locally, but now picked up on blogs around the world for rocker chicks of the 60’s. Unbelievable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Pop_Festival_(December_1968) You would have loved living during those years. I protested for peace and equality then and I am still doing it now.

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      Fantastic Lesley and what great memories to look back on. You should write some blogs about it. It must be a wonderful feeling inspiring people like you do. I was never a big fan of Sixties music, but over the last few years I have found myself beginning to fall in love with it. It was a magical era for music and one that provided most of the inspiration for music that followed in later years.

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And while I consider myself a writer, because writing is part of who I am, and what I must do to sustain my existence, I am well aware that I am not a poet. I used to write poetry a lot in my youth, and then put the words To music turning them into Dylan like songs. But, while I hold a love affair with many poets of the past, I AM a good teacher of poetry, even though I’m not a natural poet. Prose is more my thing. Although, every now and then a situation occurs and causes a poem to seep out. I think people need to “know thyself”. Then again, if it brings pleasure to a person to imagine he or she is a poet then I would encourage them to study and learn and keep writing to improve their craft.

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    I sometimes think we spend too much time Lesley labeling whether something is poetry or prose. At the end of the day it is writing and the outcome should always be the enjoyment for the writer and the impact on the reader. One of my favourite poets is Charles Bukowski and there is much debate as to whether what he wrote was poetry. Like you say, the art is always about studying and improving your craft.

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BTW, here is just one of the many blogs and photos that have gone around the world on the internet after an original writer found my old rock band doing a blog about female bands of the 60’s. I now get emails, tweets, and letters from girls around the world who are in bands wanting to play guitar with me. Rather fun! Who knew that I’d have my 15 min. of fame from 1966. I am the second from the left in the photo with the Gibson guitar. My best friend to this day is the one on the electric piano. We just went to our 50th High school reunion. http://nuclearkicks.tumblr.com/post/55093955806/beethovens-fifth-formed-in-1966-in-south-florida
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Ha! Hardly a rock queen but definitely a first for my area of the country. And ironic that on Facebook and twitter I have a small fan base who find me every now and then. It was all just a blip in time a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
I did write a spoken word poem called “To the beat of a Different Drummer” … it is on one of my blogs which addresses it briefly. (along with so much more.). I never got around to editing it it but it is on either wordpress or an earlier blog I started on google I believe. It was more about following my own journey through life. I didn’t know I was being different or paving the way for other girls to be brave and play electric guitars… I just evolved from folk music to rock as most of my contemporaries did. The music blended together. (Think of Bob Dylan.) The ultimate poet of my generation. And I was angry when he started veering away from folk music and in a new direction. I think writing is a lot like music. Creative artists just go with the flow…. the beat of the drum they hear… the sounds of the music, the words they write take them on whatever path they have to follow. Writers do the same. Spoken word poetry is different in that it is at least three pages long and performance poetry. Often parts of it is sung, danced, acted, but it is judged on timing, length, content, emotion etc. I wish It had been around when I was young. I am not very good at it… yet I can teach it. I am too stuck in a traditional, more classical type of writing when it comes to poetry for myself … However now I am all about just blogging. Too many lessons to teach about changing the minds of millennials. I won’t live forever and while I have strength and courage i have to fight against injustice and get Trump out of power and a woman in the White House. I owe it to my grandchildren and to my late mother, who was born the year women got the right to vote in America, and to my grandmother who came over from Russia and did not vote until she was an old woman. to change minds, that kind of Poetry would have to be explosively powerful ..so sticking to prose with a dab of poetry here and there will just have to suffice….. Power to the people. (BTW How on earth could you NOT love 60’s music??? ) You must be like my older son. He never developed a taste for it either. Yet my son in his 20’s is old school and was in a rock band before college. He learned the guitar by watching the Beatles play on the rooftop in the movie Let it be. (on You tube) I may have mentioned he is in the film industry and now in the director’s guild. So he’s getting assistant director;s gigs now. Pretty cool for 28. anyway it is after 3 am and I need to go to bed…. trick or treating with my grandchildren has me tired… ta ta……must go…. tomorrow is another day…. more ways to change the world ….to sleep perchance to dream….

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    I really do enjoy reading your responses Lesley. I love your passion and hope you get to see your dream come true. In the meantime keep writing. I have written a poem in response to your laundry / housekeeping post and will hopefully post it next week with the obvious credits to yourself 🙂

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One day I hope to study the great poets. I think right now, though, my calling is the writing I do on the environment. Sylvia Plath’s words are lonely and descriptive—in a word, powerful, I think. I feel her words.

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A favorite poet of mine. I’ve always been touched by her words. I saw a movie years ago about her relationship with Ted Hughes. (the movie is called “Sylvia”) Such an emotional filled life…and way too short. 😦 I’m so glad her powerful, profound, passionate, important words live on. They will speak to generations of people.
(((HUGS)))

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