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If you are intrigued by the possibility of a [community profile] pt_lightning poetry project but aren't sure where to start, this is the post for you!

Last summer, the POETREE community hosted a two-week icebreaker for Pod Together 2013. Like [community profile] pod_together, Pod Together Lightning is a transformative works collaboration challenge for writers and podficcers, or in the case of poetry, poets of any experience level and performers. Poets write poems specifically to be performed, and performers record audio versions of their performances. The 'Lightning' aspect of [community profile] pt_lightning makes it especially accessible for incorporating poetry, in that the works produced can be quite short (100 words minimum).

POETREE's archives offer a number of handy posts for the aspiring poetry-inclined participant. Never written a poem in your life? Try [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's post 'You Can Write a Free-Verse Poem'. Writing with performance in mind new territory for you? Check out [personal profile] cadenzamuse's posts on Atlanta slam poetry for insights, examples & exercises to get yourself started. (We especially recommend 'Become a slam poet in five steps', by Gayle Danley — scroll up for video.) Recording poetry not your usual cup of tea? [personal profile] luzula has a pitch you should hear at Recording poetry: why does it appeal to me? (Her other posts on the pleasures of poetry read aloud are also a delight.)


Let's get the ball rolling with a little game... )
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1. Borrow liberally from other people who post a poem a day. I follow [community profile] poetry and [livejournal.com profile] exceptindreams, and have recently added poetrysince1912.tumblr.com. Probably 2/3 of the poems I post come from those three sources! Aside from laziness, following a small handful of blogs actually ensures a greater variety of styles and authors than I would necessarily find on my own.

Since one of my aims here is academic snobbery, (and conscious that when I produced a major work in poetry in senior high I was let down in marks by my limited access to or interested in professionally published poetry, relying instead on amateur peers), I limit my reading to poems which have at some point been Professionally Published. I do acknowledge that isn't the gold standard of worth, though, and there are some straight-to-online poems out there I really enjoy but don't post (for instance, the work of Clementine von Radics).

2. Read anthologies. I've tried both single-author and country/period anthologies, and liked the latter better. Thus far this year I've read cover-to-cover the Oxford Book of Australian Women's Verse, and Victorian Women Poet's: An Annotated Anthology (both plucked on a whim from the shelves at the University of Sydney main library), and have started on The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse (on a whim from the University of Geneva English Library). I also read the complete (barring one or two poems, the homoerotic ones, which I found in the Oxford Book of Australian Women's Verse) works of Lesbia Harford, and Jack Gilbert's Monolithos. Both of these I liked tremendously. On the other hand, I found the complete works of Audre Lourde too much to wade through - I would have enjoyed them more as single chapbooks, I think.

My preference for multi-author anthologies suits my inner historian, my tendency to interact with literature as a primary source. If find the editorial choices as interesting as the individual poems, and my goodreads review of The Oxford Book of Australian Women's Verse offers some thoughts on the relationship between poetry and history, especially when it comes to racist poetry.

3. Read poetry journals. I'm trying to resurrect the online poetry journal reading habit I had a few years ago. I typically gravitate to fantasy/speculative poetry and short freeverse forms. Lately I've been enjoying Goblin Fruit and Inkscrawl, but I suspect there are more out there I'd enjoy. (Back in '09, Goblin Fruit executed an editor-swap with another journal... anyone remember what it was called?)

And lastly, especially when running short of interesting new poems,

4. Revisit Childhood. For the most part, that means the works of Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, which were standard reading in my house when growing up. Occasional attacks of Ogden Nash have also broken out. And Yeats, who was the poet I studied in the last year of high school (and my angsty, hyper-intellectual poetic boyfriend. You can keep your Lord Byron, my inner sixteen year old is sailing to Byzantium with W.B. Yeats). My intention in including these poems among my current reading isn't just a stopgap, ran-out-of-poems measure: it's partly a counter to the intellectual snobbery impulse. Bballads may not be high literary style, but damn, Mulga Bill's Bicycle is FUN.
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Adapted from dingsi's FONSFAQ posts

FONSFAQ stands for "Frequently (Or Not So Frequently) Asked Questions" (about a particular topic). Someone hosts a topic, preferably one per entry, and then in comments people can ask - i.e. leave prompts - or claim some issue relating to the topic that they have always wanted to explain/write about. The host then collects the links to all essays that people have written in reply to the prompts and everybody has a lot to read and learn! [personal profile] dingsi maintains the master list of FONSFAQs to date.

For the purposes of this FONSFAQ, a 'long' poem is a thousand words or more, and serial poetry involves two or more related poems.

Leave a comment with your inquiry or, if you already have a topic in mind you'd like to write about, mention that. Serious or funny, fannish or non-fandom, broad or specific, things you've always wondered about or wish more people knew...
Go through the prompts and when you think you can claim one, reply to it (i.e. sign up).
To make things easier, please use the words "prompt" or "taken" in the subject line of your comment!

ETA: if you would like to respond to a prompt that has already been claimed, please continue the conversation by responding to the answer(s).


Index of prompts and answers to date )

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The Making of a Sonnet, ed. Eavan Boland & Edward Hirsch. Large and diverse, and especially good on 20th century experiments.

The Oxford Book of Sonnets, ed. John Fuller. This is smaller and was economically constrained to include fewer 20th century sonnets, but otherwise manages a greater variety. It's also only general anthology I've met that acknowledges the role of women poets of the late 18th century in the revival of the English sonnet, even if the selection of their poems is still thin.

Complete cycles: the best sonnet cycle in English is Sidney's Astrophel and Stella (original spelling). The next-best Elizabethan cycle would be Drayton's Idea; two good Victorian cycles are D.G. Rossetti's The House of Life and C. Rossetti's "Monna Innominata." For contemporary cycles, I'm especially partial to Hacker's Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons; if the form used in Hollander's Powers of Thirteen counts as a sonnet (and this is highly debatable, though it's certainly a sonnet-analog of roughly the same size), I like that as well.

And fwiw, in The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, the articles "Sonnet" and "Volta" were especially useful to me this week.

---L.
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So here are some of my very favorite poems of all time. These are just links, but after that, I'll share a couple of the poems I've written and liked. If you have any to share, please do! And lastly, I'll give you a prompt to write to, if you're interested in that kind of thing.

Links to some wonderful poems in clear English )

A few of my own poems )

A writing prompt -- give it a try! )

And lastly, I recommend you read this essay by Steve Kowit, The Mystique of the Difficult Poem, if I haven't already sold you on how great it is to read a great poem that is instantly comprehensible, but in no way facile.

Hope your week is going spectacularly.
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As I will be away all day today, I'm posting this one early - hope you don't feel too inundated, folks!

The Gay Rights community is well known for using a broad scope of creative media - including art, poetry, music, plays, etc. - to convey the struggles of the homosexual community. Considered by many to be the civil rights struggle of our day and age, the issue of gay rights has been at the forefront of US policy making in recent years, marked by victories and defeats in the areas of gay marriage, adoption, workers' rights, health care, and more.

Several noteworthy gay poets are currently making big waves in the modern "poetry Renaissance," and today's poem comes from slam poet Andrea Gibson, winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam and self-described queer activist. She has toured universities and venues across the United States delivering hard-hitting poems on a wide range of human rights issues, her poems making it as far as Utah's conservative state legislature (you can imagine the scandal when the poet's identity was revealed in this context!).

"I Do" was written in response to California's Prop 8 and will be presented today in the form of a video, as Gibson's poetry is arguably best appreciated performed. Text is below; I did not post the transcript because I do not know if it falls within the guidelines of the community's posting.



Transcript or, look into her published works, The Madness Vase and Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns available at andreagibson.com

Noteworthy Related Reading
Does Your House Have Lions? by Sonia Sanchez, 1998 (book/poem). Written as an epic poem, this touching book details the life of Sanchez's homosexual brother, who died of AIDs, and serves as an eye-opening experience about what it is to be gay and black in America.

Mere Baba by Iftikhar Nasim (poem). Written by Urdu's first openly gay poet, this short but powerful poem (presented here in multiple languages for your viewing pleasure) brings to light the emotional anguish of asking questions about one's sexuality. Nasim is considered a highly significant figure to the Indian and Pakistani gay rights community, an activist voice in a culture where open homosexuality is often met with brutal violence.


If you have any gay rights poetry you'd like to share, or comments on the reads (and listens) shared today, please post in the comments!
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I'd hoped to share one more poem here today, but I'm afraid I'm coming down with something that makes sitting upright nauseating, so let me try instead to sum up.

Read more... )

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