I love the message here, especially the reminder that much of good poetry somes from experience, not just imagination. Even tales largely imagined need some real connection, either personal , or experienced as a friend, or perceptive observer, or they sound shallow and contrived. poetry must stem from a passion, and that in itself must be experienced by the poet in order to be convincing and evocative. I think there is indeed some "confession" in one's poems; when you write you are sharing a piece of your soul, or you heart, or both, —you are posting your thoughts and feelings on everything and anything from Love, Nature, philosophy. religion, politics, - to idle whimsical thoughts,-you share all and try to voice it with your own unique voice. You write first of all for yourself, - and if and when you get published, well that's a bonus I think. many a starving poet, like the ragged artist, has gone to his grave unrewarded in his own lifetime for his work. Perhaps they come back as published poets and commssioned artists of international acclaim. Silver
True poems are the best. But the memories behind the poems are what makes them great. I think that it is hard to feel the words that have so much emotion and just wonder what the poet is going through. You've done an excellent job with this. Poems about poetry are the best when done correct and you have done just that. :) -blt
I definitely agree with you on this one. Being a poet should not be about the money one can gain from it-that is just a byproduct. A true poet writes from the heart, and that is what is appreciated. And it is so true that one can always spot the ones who just write to be recognized. Nice read...
That is so beatiful. Your absolutely right. Poems are priceless. I mean just for people to write about that stuff I think its very heroic. I love this one. I think I'll add it to my favs list stephanie
Awesome. You have captured what so many writers think of. It's so well put, so well spoken. I can't think of anythign to add, i love the priceless part, and it's so true. Many write just for money, not caring what writing really is...its a ventor and window to the soul, and some other things as well. Nicely done.
It's easy to lose sight of why we started writing poetry in the first place. At first I did it to express my emotions, but sometimes I get off track from all the hype out there to get it published. Pride takes hold and my focus will shift to showing that I can write with the best of 'em. Thanks for the pieces like this that show me just what writing is really about, and gets me back on track.
I believe over time one's writing can change and the author with it. If your writing is from your soul than you can express in a deeper meaning how you really feel. If it's all just sprung from competition what have you benefitted from it?