TO MY FELLOW POETS
Dear fellow poets – the young and the young once,
Modern poetry to me is “today’s poetry.” It presents poetry from the hearts of current writers using their own unique styles, which are influenced and inspired by other poets – both of yesteryears and now; that will likewise help shape tomorrow’s poetry. As such, modern poetry writing behooves us - the “today’s poets” to employ eclectic approach, acknowledge global perspective, and respect multicultural diversities as we reflect, rehearse and reinforce life’s myriads realities. With that in mind, may I share with you ten tips which I am actually practicing in the exercise of my rights and in the enjoyment of my privileges as a modern poetry writer. These are my BEATITUDES acrostic on how to write from the heart:
Be earnest in writing. Readers - you included - sense and appreciate sincere and honest thoughts.
Express “to bless” not to impress. Real intention, is revealed by words; hence, right word-choice is vital.
Assert and affirm truth. Remember that research and review pursuits are reinforcement tools of poets.
Touch and stir hearts and souls. Reach out to the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of readers by offering hope.
Inspire and influence. Resonating in passion-filled poems are your faith, belief, perspective and convictions.
Testify through your experiences and observations. Restate or retell notable events in your life with vivid imageries that poetry surely allows.
Uphold standards, terms and conditions in writing poems. Rules in poem writing are guidelines that help build-up poets’ confidence as well as integrity.
Delight in poem reading and meditating. Refresh yourself; be rejuvenated as you reflect upon poems of others and enjoy them.
Expose realities with creativity. Regard poetry writing as your painting paraphernalia in projecting life’s beauty and diversity.
Strive for craft-improvement constantly. Rest not to develop your poetry writing skills. Keep on learning. Join poetry writing contests.
I thank God for using poetry to hone my writing skills, especially the “special talent” He has given me to proclaim about His goodness and to declare His precepts. Poetry, by the grace of God has helped me become a productive communicator (Psalm 45:1).
June 22, 2018
3rd place, "TIPS FOR MODERN POETRY TO BUDDING POETS OF ALL AGES" Poetry Contest
Sponsored by Line Gauthier; judged on 7/4/2018.
Copyright © Beata Agustin | Year Posted 2018