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WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH
Blog Posted:1/23/2013 11:35:00 AM

 

When do we know, when we're poets? Does the title come after you've written a decent poem or two, you deem yourself, or some critically acclaimed award? Is it about the language, or studying the art? When I write, I throw all of those things to the wind and just write. I never felt that I was a poet, just a writer attempting to get some kind of emotion from the reader (good or bad). Edutainment with a twist on the outlook, or truths viewed in different lighting and darkness. After all it's life at its best. How do you approach writes, before bestowing the gift?
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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 1:45:00 AM
    Scribe I have said before I write poetry, that does not make me a poet!....love the avatar

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/25/2013 10:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    David you have skills! You make Sonnets look like they're your fingerprint on poetry!
  1. Date: 1/25/2013 12:25:00 AM
    I do not sit and think, I just sit down when I feel comfortable about a subject and the words flow, as though written by others. I sometimes amaze myself with what I have written never ever can remember what I had written, have to read it as though for first time. Guess its my inner self showing the real me......Seren

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/25/2013 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I've read some of your writes and I thought, she paints with her pen also!
  1. Date: 1/24/2013 8:30:00 AM
    For some ,the poet is 'the voice of inspiration'..For others ,the poet is that persona who lives to write by the rule...I can't really define the poet.. I do try to follow forms and study its art but usually the best poems I write are not the ones which i planned to rule and form but those im inspired to write there and then..they seem to reach for soul.BY THE WAY..GREAT BLOG AND FUNNY AVATAR ;0

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/24/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lol about the avatar...blame it on PD ; )
    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/24/2013 10:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have problems with the ones I plan also. I've come to the conclusion, to just let the muse write, while I read. I'm my worse critic; i don't have a poem that I wrote, that I'm in love with. One day I hope to achieve personal satisfaction!
  1. Date: 1/24/2013 8:18:00 AM
    I believe I am a poet because I write poems. If I write good poems, then I am a good poet. If other people read them and connect, then I feel I may even be a decent poet. Poets search for recognition, but the best always comes from yourself (not ego but satisfaction) To me, a good poem works both written and oral. All poems have a shape, the dark ink on the white page; form, and resonnance.

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/24/2013 9:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I like your approach. To reach person is rewarding!
  1. Date: 1/24/2013 1:52:00 AM
    One other point Marlon as poetry is an oral art form,all good poetry is written to be read aloud.This is probably the best test for any poet to deploy thereby to distinguish it from 'shredded prose'. Notwithstanding,the latter may still have some creative validity, as long as the poet labels it so.Rgds Brian

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/24/2013 9:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Vocally we put emphasis on the words, which I believe dictate their emotions and imagery. They get the feel the poets point of view! Your wisdom is appreciated Sharon and Brian!
    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 1/24/2013 7:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A shape or concrete poem is of course mixing two art forms in one and so the disciplines of both will apply.From a poetry viewpoint the shape poem still needs to be poetic, otherwise it's just shredded prose.Rgds Brian
    Smith Avatar Sharon Smith Date: 1/24/2013 5:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Unless it's a concrete or shape poem, eh? I suppose it does still need a certain amount of meter, but you can't appreciate either of these forms unless you can see the poem written out.
  1. Date: 1/24/2013 1:00:00 AM
    Real interesting Scribe! I've always classified myself as a writer chasing that elusive freedom of being a poet - being unafraid and completely free, not tied down by social sensibilities and absurd validations.

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/24/2013 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Bullseye...perfectly said Vicky. No restraints; I second that!
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 6:51:00 PM
    A poet is someone who not only has approachable content in his/her verse but has a perfection of his/her craft at the minimum, who knows their own weaknesses and adjusts for them with all of the many devices available, such as dictionaries, thesauruses’, encyclopedias and spell check. A poet values writing as an art form. Any thing else and anyone else is just dabbling, playing.

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/24/2013 10:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have some work to do Debbie! I'm dealing with content as we speak. l looked back on my year here, and i wasn't impressed, because I know I can write with a little more intensity! @ Charles I got you. Both of you are right!
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 1/24/2013 7:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    there is an entire world of styles and forms and genre's to try and to try to achieve and master through hard work
    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson Date: 1/23/2013 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    But, the reason we keep trying is the quest for perfection. We know we will never get there.
    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 8:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with your comment, but the perfection part is questionable. I think if we perfect something there's nothing left to work on! Thanks Debbie!
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 3:51:00 PM
    Yes Marlon you become a poet when you write a 'poem'.(Formerly) if you author 'a work of literary art'.So that leads us to what is a 'poem'.Here we start to have problems asto what subjectively is a poem.Form etc or lack of one then comes into the equation.At the lowest level I guess a poem is something that is hamonious and satisfying to the author thereof.If that happens then I'm sure there is likely to be at least one other person(peer poets hopefully) who also finds it harmonious.Good question.Rgds Brian

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 7:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your input!
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 2:15:00 PM
    I usually shy away from calling myself a poet. Other people bestow that title upon me after they read my work. I feel the minute I start calling myself a "Poet" then I am no longer the humble person I want to be and then am in fear of the ugly monster "Ego" taking over. As far my own approach to writing poetry; like the Holy Spirit it comes to me in many ways. My two most frequent are spur of the moment feelings or I come up with a theme or line that gets stuck in my head and then I build around it. I'm curious Scribe are you a domino player? Dominoes is my favorite pasttime.

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 3:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My opinion, you are a poet! Matter of fact, we share thoughts about the word poet; that's why I put scribe as a nickname. You have an interesting approach to the art and a inspiration to any who dare to read!...Dominoes, did I hear you say that....I'll whoop you any day, even onSundays and Holidays Mr. Smith lol
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 1:40:00 PM
    I know what you mean. Did feel like I'd hit a mile stone a couple of days ago, when I randomly googled myself and found someone on wiki answers asking about one of my poems (they were actually asking if it was written by Sharon Bell Mathis, which made me feel somewhat proud that they could mistake my work for hers) I really felt like a proper poet then!

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 3:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's exciting! I wrote a poem to Obama, and he sent me a letter back...moments as these I cherish, because money can't buy that feeling of wow!
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 12:52:00 PM
    Interesting blog here Marlon..I'd like to stick around to see several other responses to your questions. I'm still thinking about my approach. lol

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 1:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And who gives the stamp of approval.
    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 1:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Ink...i was just going through your catalog, and admiring the flame...i don't believe there's a certain way, unless your dealing with forms. I'm curious about the zone other writers be in.
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 12:19:00 PM
    Marlon, so many times in history greatness was left in dust unappreciated in it's time and I think more too often lauded for the wrong reasons or because of a fad and what was hip. Personally, what's in your heart and how you paint it or write it and how it makes you happy is what rules---the rest is wind under wings you already have.

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Interesting comment and thanks Craig!
  1. Date: 1/23/2013 12:07:00 PM
    I've questioned that myself...perhaps someone will enlighten us lol

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    ML Avatar Scribe ML Date: 1/23/2013 12:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hopefully : )...I'm curious!

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