03 April 2015

Fragment Friday - The Poetry Edition

Welcome to National Poetry Month!
Our very first issue of Gyroscope Review is now available on the Joomag Newstand.
You can find it here: Issue 15-1.

Gyroscope Review.

Need a different version? PDF 15-1 for mobile devices.

 and now on to the rest of the fragments...

2.  Confession time - I don't write poetry every day. And you know what? I'm okay with that. I figured out I run in spurts. I can write 8 poems over the course of a week, and spend the next four weeks polishing and refining them. That's what works for me. YMMV. 

3.  Not to say I don't think about poetry every day. And I tend to read a lot of poetry, especially when I'm not writing. I look at it as a reloading time. Once my brain is all stocked up, I'm back to writing. Some weeks take more stocking than others. Some weeks the poetry barrel is so empty I can see the mud at the bottom. 

4.  So what do I read to refill my poetry bucket?  An array for me. Louise Glück, Shakespeare, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margaret Atwood, Nick Lantz, Rainer Maria Rilke, Carolyn Kizer, Sharon Olds, Dorianne Laux, the poems on http://www.poetryfoundation.org/, Literary journals, poetry magazines and randomly purchased books of poems waiting on my shelf. New poets waiting to be discovered at every turn. 

5.  So what do I write ON? The computer, Google Docs, yellow legal pads, composition notebooks, little slips of paper I stuff into my pockets to be found later. It's all fodder I try to feed into a master file for the month. Sometimes my smorgasbord reveals neat juxtapositions. Other times a line or stanza float for months, waiting to be born into something bigger.

How about you? What gets your poetry motor going?


Kathleen Cassen Mickelson said...

Little daily moments get my poetry motor going. I write by hand first, then take it to the computer. The poets who fill my bucket include Mary Oliver, Robert Bly, Raymond Carver, Gary Snyder, Maxine Hong Kingston, and assorted visual artists and others. There are possibilities everywhere.
We did good with Gyroscope Review!

Oonah said...

I sometimes have to get up to write an idea before it goes cold. I write or revise something most days. I don't read as much as I should and most of that is online but I do read a lot of contemporary work on forums and in groups. You did good (as Kath puts it) with Gyroscope Review. I would have expected nothing less.

Constance Brewer said...

There are possibilities everywhere. Just have to trip over them. :)
Yep, we did good. Onward to issue 2!

Constance Brewer said...

Oonah - any forums you recommend?
Well, what do you expect of perfectionists? :)