April is, indeed, the cruelest month . . .

And:

It's National Poetry Month!

Members: Check out Cat Sith's Challenge: Every Day a Poem - Challenge

That is why you should join Zeugma. We're strong enough to help.

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Up to a challenge?

Postby Agnes » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:24 pm

How many poems do you think you can find inside this article?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksbl ... al-kennedy




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Re: Up to a challenge?

Postby Agnes » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:06 pm

#1

Virtues

Forgetting and losing
until it shows--
flock folk don't deserve
this bleak pleasure.
Tired. It's near enough
flat-out-unbearable,
mistakes you've had
around for ages.
Difficult, but dear. Dear
and intimate as you allow.



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Re: Up to a challenge?

Postby olson29 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:54 pm

Rewriting Without Rewriting


The strength of words brings me
to my second pleasure – being
near so much writing, so much
of the energy of individual human
beings reaching out to others and
defining and uncovering strengths
of their mind and themselves with
words and words and words.

It is a matter of basic self-defence
to keep ourselves as literate as possible,
as strong as possible in our words.

Writer who thinks: who rewrites:
take control of a power that can
delight the heart, encourage, entrance.
That can deceive, betray and murder.

Oh, but think, dear reader, of the dear
reader. Deep into the warm, intimate
mind, where they could be thinking
exactly what they want to about all
the wonders of life. Yet,
instead, you are chosen.
you are poetry

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Re: Up to a challenge?

Postby Agnes » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:08 am

2.

Bucking

that same power,
I like it.
Dangerous--
stealing words on every side,
shaping phrases.
No one can teach you
to move deeply,
to suffer
spontaneous and joyful,
locked away with only
your enthusiasm
and time.



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Re: Up to a challenge?

Postby olson29 » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:38 am

Write On


The way that you learn how you write,
the path to really improve, is by diving
in and reworking, taking apart, breaking
down, questioning, exploring, forgetting,
e x p lo r ing
and losing finding remembering testing
your poetry and prose until it shows you
what it needs to be, until you can see its nature
and then help it
to express itself
as best you can
under current
(mostly imagined)
circumstances.

This gives
you – slowly – an understanding
of how you transcend words
on a page to say what you
need and thus want to;
making a
mental commitment
to believe that
you are not as good or bad
as you think you are.
you are poetry


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