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20 July 2008


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Sweet Talking Guy..

Yeah, you've raised some good points here and it is important to step back sometimes and examine what we're doing and why we're doing it. I just re-fitted my kitchen today, I wonder what that says about my writing?

Keep on experimenting..


Anything that helps you step back and read your poems objectively, at least after they've been written and allowed to cool off, is a big help. An extended metaphor is a tricky feat to accomplish, I think.

Your house sounds wonderful, lively, warm artistic, creative.... does this describe your poetry too?


But ultimately you have to listen to what your own voice is saying to you. When you don't listen that voice, you'll regret it. I've done it and mourn what is lost.

There's nothing wrong with having poems come to easily. It's when they don't come does it rough.

Yes experimentation isn't too bad but don't get lost either. You''ll find the road again in the end but it's not the same either.


what you say here: "I find myself thinking, for the first time in too long, about what I'm doing, and why; how I do it, and to what end" breaks my heart. you're not presenting it that way; i've just been there, where something makes me doubt myself. it's fine to wonder about improving your work -- but don't let the criticism get too far into your brain. you do good work.

art predator

fun ideas to think about! hmmn, yes my house sounds like yours...rish with experience, eclectic...lived in?


You're right, there is a correlation between the style of one's poems and one's rooms. I think trying to write in a style that didn't please me on a core level would be like trying to live in a hotel room.

Brad Frederiksen

Great questions that I will certainly be giving some thought to. I am going through the process at the moment of trying to escape from the rooms inside my head, so to speak. Thanks for this timely post.


It's always always useful to see criticism like this to clarify what it is I think about these things. For instance, I disagree with both points Frederick makes! Though perhaps I think the first point simply makes a distinction without a difference. Was WCW's red wheelbarrow a genuine subjective moment or mere autobiography? And if I knew, why would I care?

stan ski

Many things about our lifestyles are projected in our writing. For me, I'll put something together and call it done. If it doesn't quite work, next time I'm determined to do better (even if it does work). Practice makes....well nothing's perfect!


Interesting post. Experimentation can be good.

Crafty Green Poet

Interesting post. Experimentation is definitely a good thing.

Given all my haiku, if my house was like my poetry I'd probably live in a cooly stylish Zen minimalist loft, dotted with the occasional bonsai. The truth is very different.


I agree, this is an interesting post. I've not studied poetry...as anyone who reads my attempts at poems will attest. However, if I was to compare it to my home, I would say that it isn't cluttered with craft, photos or memorabilia but rather the clutter of everyday life...empty coffee cups waiting to go into the sink, pets and pet hair, easy to clean furniture...hubbies socks that he didn't put in the laundry hamper and last weeks newspaper. Every now and then, I go and do a big clean/tidy up but mostly to impress an expected visitor.

Maybe my poetry reflects my home...messy but all me.

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