Sources of Poetical Inspiration
Blog Posted:5/18/2013 6:37:00 PM
What moves you to wax poetical? Is it possible to catalogue and classify?
Some of my motivations seem to be immediate emotional reactions: a tragedy, a death, a breakup - hence a loss of some kind, usually personal, but sometimes not, leading to the need to express outrage or pain, or perhaps a tribute to a relative, friend or person you admired or loved who is gone.
Some emotional motivations appear less immediate and develop over time: a love or attraction to a person. I wish these inspired me more often, but unfortunately they don't. It seems to require a loss or at least a fear of loss to move me to write. I have the emotion, but not the motivation.
Most of my inspirations are intellectual, I guess, sometimes trivial ones: a phrase or word I like, a story, a joke, and at least here on the Soup, a contest. I'm enamored of language and love strongly structured poetry in particular, although there are many forms I haven't tried. In particular, I like to take an indirect approach to the subject matter, revealing a bit at a time, often with a surprise or twist at the end. Some of my humorous poems are like jokes, with a definite punch line.
I'm just beginning to explore my other side now, subjects I care about, social and political matters which outrage me, which I have been avoiding. I've danced around them enough.
What inspires you?