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Blog Posted:7/6/2009 7:03:00 AM
<P>Brian's latest blog has inspired me to think about those poets who have had a big influence on me and who continue to nourish my poetry.&nbsp; Here are a few poets I have found inspirational:</P> <P>Adelaide Crapsey:&nbsp; Like Brian, Crapsey is a central source for me.&nbsp; She taught me the value of a more formal, syllabic,&nbsp;approach to poetry and her specific contribution, the Cinquain, is a real jewel.</P> <P>Richard Wright:&nbsp; If I were to pick a single book of haiku in English, the haiku of Richard Wright would be the one.&nbsp; It is called "Haiku: This Other World".&nbsp; Wright's haiku are idiomatic, written in ordinary English, no Japanisms or false orientalisms.&nbsp; His haiku cover an astonishing range of observations, yet he also remains true to many of the traditional rules governing haiku.&nbsp; For the most part his haiku are in the traditional 5-7-5 and contain seasonal reference.&nbsp; I have gone through this volume numerous times.</P> <P>Emily Dickinson: Dickinson taught me how to rhyme in a way that seems completely natural.&nbsp; Her amazing ability to use rhyme effectively in very short poems showed me how rhyme could be incorporated into forms like haiku, cinquain, quatrains, etc.&nbsp; </P> <P>So many more, but these are the three that I want to highlight today.</P> <P>With gratitude to all our Poet Ancestors</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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  1. Date: 7/7/2009 11:54:00 AM
    Hi Jim, I have so many favorite poets, and the list grows all the time. Emily is certainly one of my favs, but like carolyn, I am not familar with Crapsey, although her name I am familar with. Also, Carol Ann Duffy, UK's twentieth Poet Laureate has quickly captured my attention with her awesome talent, and Deborah's long lost relative, Edna St. Vincent Mallay is one of my all time favs, not only for her poetry but for her contribution to female writers, and her accomplishments in a time when men were acknowledged and women were passed over. So many favs, Thanks for sharing yours. :) Catie :)

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  1. Date: 7/6/2009 3:29:00 PM
    Very interesting blog Jim. Thank you for sharing with us. Love, Carol

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  1. Date: 7/6/2009 3:01:00 PM
    Wow! You've chosen some wonderful poets to emulate. My gratitude to the poets if the past too. I have learned so much reading the works of others. Karen

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  1. Date: 7/6/2009 1:37:00 PM
    There is something about Robert Frost, that inspires me the most...the simplicity of his words, I think, seems to be so calming and comfortable...but my list of favorites is so long, I couldn't name them all. All so unique in their own way, it is hard to wonderful to have the greats as an inspiration.

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  1. Date: 7/6/2009 12:56:00 PM
    Emilly Dickinson has long been one of my favorites. Not familiar with Crapsey, but I'll check this poet out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jim. Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 7/6/2009 12:11:00 PM
    I'm am related to Edna St. Vincent Mallay although I can't quite figure out how LOL . Light & Love

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