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Hello, I’m Nina :-) 

I fell in love with poetry again around three years ago, and have become completely promiscuous. I am currently dating every form of poetry from light to deep, from formal to free. I'm not ready to go steady with any of them yet.

in the mean time, I'm having fun reading poetry, writing it, and leaving small poetic deposits wherever I can. My poetry has been published in Lighten up Online, Light, Snakeskin Poetry and The New Verse News. I also write a poetry blog at www.facebook.com/itallrhymes. 

I live in Wiltshire, UK with my lovely husband and two videogame-obsessed children who I'm assuming will naturally blossom into Byrons one day. 
 

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The Writerly Stance

Blog Posted:2/4/2020 2:44:00 PM
There is something that unites many of the poems that you find in newspapers, journals and academic publications currently, and I’ve been struggling to put my finger on what it is. Then I read this week’s Guardian poem of the week, In The Rose Garden by Helen Tookey, and the commentator, Carol Rumens, has finally identified it for me. She calls it “the writerly stance”.

In taking the writerly stance, she explains, the poet remains dispassionate. They observe from a distance. They exercise “formal and tonal control”.

You can see this for yourself in the poem here . https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2020/feb/03/poem-of-the-week-in-the-rose-garden-by-helen-tookey

 I think it is this ‘writerly stance’ that has me finding much modern poetry rather cold, the poet giving little of themselves away. But there are many good aspects to this style of writing. Tookey’s poem is a perfect example of a piece which tells us just enough - but leaves a good deal open to the reader. Without the poet daubing their own personality all over it, we, the readers, are able to draw our own conclusions and perhaps are able to impose a little of ourselves on the images the poem creates. And like many poems of this ilk, it ends, but it does not necessarily finish. The poet creates no closure for us. “Close it yourself!” as I often yell at my children. (They rarely do, by the way.)

Perhaps then, rather than being cold, it is a generous and disciplined way to write. The antithesis, if you like, of the modern urge to over-share - writing without judgement, and mostly without self. The writer simply presents layers of images to the reader, pulls back, looks the reader in the eye and says “There you go. Make of that what you will.”

Like many contemporary poems, this one is simple its style and vocabulary - something I also admire. I try to restrain myself from flowery or archaic language in my own poems, although I do not always succeed. And, for me, the writer stops just short of crossing the line between poetry and ‘prettily arranged prose’. The latter, for me, is a poetic (or non-poetic) annoyance. 

Don’t get me wrong. I have read many terrible poems which attempt this style and only a few good ones. Some are perhaps over my head, despite their simple language, some are waffly, some seem so bland and devoid of spirit that they stir no feelings whatsoever. And some seem written in such a way that only other poets - and scholarly ones at that - will understand them. For a writer, that’s great if you only want pats on the back from peers. Not so great if you want your words to reach out to people.

What do I take from this? Well I’d like to try a little to make my poems (the serious ones at least) maybe a little more about my subjects and a little less about me. To work on walking that tricky line between telling too much and showing too little. To layer my images. To resist obvious conclusions. What I don’t think I can do is lose ALL of me. And I don’t think I will ever be able to resist giving my poems a sprinkle of exuberance... nor do I want to.

 

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Date: 2/10/2020 11:55:00 PM
I will say that most poetry I read in popular sources is rubbish. This one has a certain appeal in that it stirs vivid images in the mind, as it progresses, and there is meaningfulness in its verses. This does not always occur when a poet writes words that pale into invisibility like the bereft artist who keeps brushing long after he has run out of paint. I penned a sarcastic retort, entitled 'Orson Welles is Dead.' I believe my best poetry writes itself. The rest is crap—never to see the light of day. So I utterly dismiss the notion of trying to write poetry. Just clear the mind and become a faithful scribe.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/11/2020 12:43:00 PM
I think you are spot on about words paling into invisibility. There is a fine line between being detached and being so completely neutral that you become bland. That is when a writer has tried too hard, I think. Or maybe they just ARE completely bland!
Date: 2/6/2020 8:15:00 PM
Write on McDuff write on
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/8/2020 3:44:00 PM
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Date: 2/6/2020 5:33:00 PM
I think you've touched on the truth of it all Nina. We must be cautious to be idea killers because there is something we can take from any style and everyone is resistant to change yet our writing style evolves over time as a result of all we're exposed to and choose to make our own. We stay static at our peril but change radically at our peril as well. Instead we try a little and who knows and cares because in the end we must be comfortable with ourselves.
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craig cornish
Date: 2/8/2020 4:31:00 PM
Paisley rules LOL
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/8/2020 3:43:00 PM
Quite! There’s no harm in trying it on. You can always send it back to the shop if you don’t like it. I remember saying that about a pair of paisley leggings in my teens. Oh, how I grew to love those leggings. Never say never!! :-)
Date: 2/6/2020 1:30:00 PM
So much to be said on this meaningful and thoughtful blog, Nina.. thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.. Best regards and blessings.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/8/2020 3:42:00 PM
Thank you very much Besma! Yes, there is certainly a difference between poetry as a means of expression open to us all, and poetry as an academic exercise - a profession if you like. But the two can be brought closer harmoniously I believe. :-)
Date: 2/6/2020 1:25:00 PM
I always believe in "true poetry".. the poetry that displays genuine feelings that touches the reader's heart and shakes their mind.. the poetry that is unique and different from the known and obvious.. the substances and the forms are available for every single human being able to use a pen and write! Nevertheless, not every writer is able to craft a work of Art with a self-conscious display of literary techniques.. not every writer is able to pour their feelings and thoughts into expressive and impressive diction.. not every writer can compose a work of Art that lends itself to many readings. Poetry, as I see, is the voice of the soul.. the wonder of the mind.. the wings of the imagination
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Date: 2/6/2020 2:13:00 AM
A brilliant Blog, Nina. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and valuable insights. Personally, I think that a poet can't get away from giving a glimpse of what is uppermost in his mind - each poem is a reflection of that person (intentionally or unintentionally). After all, a poem should leave the reader with a sense that they can identify with the poem; don't be didactic—leave them in a pensive mood. Maybe I don't like many 'modern' poems as I can't identify with the subject matter ...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/6/2020 3:08:00 AM
Yes, the complete removal of oneself does make the poem feel like an academic exercise sometimes... I’d prefer to cultivate a style where I at least peer round the edges of the text at the reader. Most of the time I just jump up and down all over the text shouting “Me me me!!”
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Date: 2/6/2020 2:16:00 AM
Also, I think that a 'good' poem is where one feels: 'I wish I had said that.'
Date: 2/5/2020 8:55:00 AM
Nina, that way of writing is too cold for me, I throw all my emotions into my poetry, that is the healing effect of writing for me, I could never write from the stance of a cold observer _Constance
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/5/2020 12:57:00 PM
It’s never going to be my very favourite type of poetry either to be honest Constance! However I was keen to explore what it is about ‘modern’ poems that appeals to so many. I think I have a better understanding and respect for it now. Basically writing the blog was a self-indulgent exercise in reflection!
Date: 2/5/2020 5:27:00 AM
A poet should express true thoughts, be they personal or intellectual or emotional, etc. The way modern poetry promotes - a writer's stance-- denigrates that human connection to the reader, imho. Edging towards being cold and clinical in poetry -modern poetry actually denigrates the foundation and purpose of poetry, imho. Was Byron, Shelley, Keats, Rossetti, Browning, Dickinson, and legions of other poets of old-- using this writer's stance? I think not. One gets the feel they wrote directly from the heart.
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Date: 2/5/2020 12:52:00 PM
I guess the point I was trying to make was that under its frosty exterior, maybe modern poetry has more heart than I previously imagined, because it allows the reader rather than the writer to impose their emotions on the poem. I wish there was more of a mix of styles though in the poetry publishing world. This style has its merits, but so do many other types of poems.
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Date: 2/5/2020 5:32:00 AM
And it is that --feel- when reading the golden poets of old, that has lead many of us to become poets. Your blog is informative and perhaps should be considered deeply before one decides how to write. Myself, I am just a simple man. a simple poet, thus I will write directly from heart and soul. And let the readers get the message that I am sending. If they like it, if it helps them -fine, if they reject it --fine.. Great informative blog my friend..
Date: 2/5/2020 4:57:00 AM
(2) ... if they're too much about me, well ... I guess that makes sense that I'm fine with. I doubt I'll ever be renown on any level for that reason - I just am not concerned with others' expectations or what's popular or what is "true poetry" ... I write cuz I love to, and I love to get others to react. It's about emotion for me, expressing it and hopefully eliciting it. Great blog, Nina, but I don't think I'll ever have a writerly stance ... or even be able to call myself a "poet". I am a proud hack, however, and take much care in not fitting in. I've always seen "odd" as "unique" and as a blessing, and ignorance is bliss, after all! ;o) <3
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/6/2020 3:04:00 AM
Oh, I didn’t take any offence! And thanks. I feel my tangerine peace pipe coming on again.
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Date: 2/5/2020 4:56:00 PM
(3) ... you KNOW you're a fave of mine, Kiddo. <3
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Date: 2/5/2020 4:56:00 PM
(2) ... but though I've tried many times, I just can't get my head around the popular or expected structures, or writing with any semblance of predetermined format or stance, (beyond contest requirements, which, to be completely honest, take some of the joy out of writing for me - the more requirements, the less fun). Great stuff, my friend ... sorry if it came across otherwise ...
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Date: 2/5/2020 4:53:00 PM
(1) Oh, I totally agree in that respect, Nina, (I don't always express myself correctly on blogs ... or anywhere, lol) - I read whatever I can to learn and expand and (hopefully) grow ... as soon as we stop doing that, we might as well stop writing. I was just trying to say that when I come to that precise point of putting down on paper, I just GO ... it doesn't always take me anywhere worthwhile ...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/5/2020 12:44:00 PM
But even then, by the way I will never write anything like Helen Tookey. I will always write like me.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/5/2020 12:44:00 PM
The appeal of this style has long eluded me, and a penny dropped when I read the linked article. I wrote the blog to allow myself to explore what it is that attracts people to the style and what I could learn from it. For me it’s more a case of learning from lots of different poets and incorporating that learning into my own poetry, if appropriate.
Date: 2/5/2020 4:50:00 AM
Great points all, and certainly much to learn from. I personally write for selfish reasons - venting, expression, healing, joy, sorrow, whatever, and being a newbie and a hack, I don't feel bad saying that I just don't pay attention to guidelines and opinions and expectations when it comes to writing. I write within guidelines ONLY when forced to by contest restrictions, other than that, (and not to over-simplify), I just WRITE. People can read it or not, like it or not, comment or not, categorize and critique and analyze or not, it won't change my writing or the motivations for it ...
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John lawless
Date: 2/6/2020 8:11:00 PM
TA DA.....
Date: 2/4/2020 8:41:00 PM
Only write about what you're falling in love with...J.A.B.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 2/5/2020 7:46:00 PM
Indeed Nina, the love for Justice...J.A.B.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/5/2020 12:57:00 PM
Ah but what about the stuff that really annoys you?? That’s fun too ;-)
Date: 2/4/2020 8:00:00 PM
This is an excellent and truly worthy blog and the type we learn from no matter the uncomfortable subject matter. I will be back when I have time to study this more. Thanks so much for your thoughtful post Nina.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/5/2020 12:49:00 PM
Thanks Craig. The commentary that accompanies the poem in the article really helped me to understand why people use this type of voice when writing poetry so it’s well worth reading. I still think there is a lot of bad poetry written in this style... like any, I suppose!
Date: 2/4/2020 3:39:00 PM
Ugh! Yet another suicide or cutting poem. When I was affiliated with another site that had a much younger crowd I saw way too many of these, the copycat effect I suspect. Anyway, to your point the poem wasn't bad free verse, perhaps quite good. Free verse, especially ones that touch on taboo or controversial subjects, is king for now. As for me, I like to be as eclectic as possible
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/4/2020 4:00:00 PM
What, younger than the Poetry Soup crowd? I can’t believe that! Yes, you’re right, the world probably didn’t need another cutting poem. But at least this one’s reasonably good.

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SILENCEFUL Free verseappreciation,fantasy,hear
Maniac President's Song Rhymefunny,humor,humorous,ment
Revival 2 Point Ohh Rhymedesire,hip hop,poetry,pow
Would You Still Love Me If Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
4 30 AM When Sheep Leap And Lay In A Heap Rhymenonsense,
Writing in Invisible Ink Free versesilence,
Cardinal Sonnetfarewell,grief,
An American in Paris Limerickfrench,funny,humor,humoro
Influence of Chagall Sapphic stanzacelebration,love,romantic
Einstein's Bent Lines Limerickfunny,humorous,math,scien
Third Person Rhymeanxiety,depression,intros
Puff the Poker Princess Limerickfunny,humorous,
Dunes Correctional Facility Free versedepression,history,sad,
Trim Trimmer Chicken Dinner Winner Rhymecharacter,confidence,cool
PRICELESS Free verseappreciation,house,husban
Bouncing That Gut Feeling Free verseemotions,feelings,
Why I Write So Open Rhymefuture,
Star of the Show Rhymeidentity,life,people,pers
Beautiful Life Rhymecommunity,culture,happine
Poetry Sonnetappreciation,imagination,
Cities of Sonnets Free verseappreciation,creation,jou
Don't Bother Me Rhymecommunity,funny,how i fee
Love Spell Rhymespiritual,

Fav Poets

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JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Gary Smith United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jodie Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Dale Gregory Cozart United States Flag United States Read
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Jim Slaughter United States Flag United States Read
Michael McCarthy United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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Tom Cunningham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
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Gail Foster United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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Daniel Turner United States Flag United States Read
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Dean Wood United States Flag United States Read
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Larry Bradfield United States Flag United States Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
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Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
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Jesse Rowe United States Flag United States Read
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J P Marmaro United States Flag United States Read
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Anthony Slausin Seychelles Flag Seychelles Read
Ann Foster United States Flag United States Read
natalyn hobbs United States Flag United States Read
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Sandra Adams United States Flag United States Read
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