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poetry

I started my writing life as a poet, published a few pieces in University reviews, and then embarked on my life as a professional liar -- which is to say, a writer of fiction.

Every so often, however, I have the same compulsion that used to drive me into the corners of crowded rooms, with scraps of paper and a pen I stole from some bewildered stranger, and I write poetry.

KP and I were discussing poetry tonight. Or rather, we were discussing a collection of poetry which I thought should have been severely edited before it saw print -- because had it been, I would have loved it. I know that poetry is hard to edit -- but oddly enough, while I would not touch a single word of the same writer's -prose- (or most prose, really, as I'm not a line-editor for other's work), I would fiddle all over the place with other's poetry, if allowed.

I'm not sure why. In fact, I'm not sure why I write the poetry, because there is not only no intent to have it published, there is an active intent to have it buried.

Anyone else?

Comments

msagara
Jun. 19th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
Re: rhyming
You know how some people won't listen to any music with loud percussion?

I'm sort of like that with formal or classical structures (except Saxon poetry, whose two-beat two-beat is somehow subtle enough to fall below my radar); I lose the -words- to the rhythm. The moment I become conscious of the rhythm, there goes the poem; after that moment, it's all about measured beat. I find it overwhelming, and always have.

If it can be slipped to me in a way that I'm not aware of, I can read whole it, but almost only then :/.

But... I have a feeling that if it weren't for the rhyming, I would probably be able to read the actual syllabic work, if that makes sense; the rhyming is a big signal for my subconscious reader that things are about the get -loud-.

lnhammer
Jun. 19th, 2004 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: rhyming
<nods> That's the hard part about rhyming well.

---L.
msagara
Jun. 19th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
Re: rhyming
Actually, Larry, unless you think Shakespeare stinks (don't ask me), I -can't- read his sonnets for the reasons stated above; I can't comment on the quality of his poetry, for that reason, although -if- it's read aloud, it will sometimes move me in way that it can't on the page; my own internal rhyming-response gets in the way.

lnhammer
Jun. 19th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: rhyming
Interesting.

---L.
msagara
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: rhyming
I consider it an unfortunate character flaw, but any attempts to alleviate it have always failed...
lnhammer
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: rhyming
If that's how you're wired, I find it hard to call it a character flaw. It's ... how you're wired, that's all.

---L.