So, I had totally abandoned the #heypoets poetry six week course…but I totally plan to finish it, just at my own pace. The class I watched today was particularly engaging. I learnt to rely on my unreliability. To learn to go back on my word in my poetry (as I often do in life). Having watched the video, I came up with the perfect topic (so I guess this poem is for my ex). The assignment was...
So Ebony Life TV finally sent me the link to the recording of our Moments with Mo performances.
Again, I’m really grateful to them for the opportunity and despite the really terrible performance I had on Friday, I look forward to improving myself and performing more often.
Dreams really do come true.
If someone had told me last year that I would perform poetry at a studio and have it broadcast on TV, I would have raised my eyebrow and smirked.
And yet…here we are.
Wind whistling, weaving
slipping away unseen
That’s all I can think of really
Wrapping my opal shawl around
braving the biting breeze
Piercing – sighing screaming
Come in from the cold
The first line of a poem is always the hardest for me. It’s the line most in danger of sounding corny, awkward, stilted, flamboyant or simply wrong. So assuming I’m not the only one who often hates the first line of their poem, I have a couple ideas of how to switch your poem up and make your first line strong. Note these suggestions are most effective if you are not working with a strict poetic...
‘No roses on my grave,’ she said,
‘No lilies, no orchids, when I’m dead.’
So I bought a cactus – dark green, no true leaves, spikes –
I hear it’s hot in hell.
I just discovered the Bop. I love the name. It’s almost as good as the Azby!
The bop is not as old or as popular as the other poetic forms that I have explored on this blog but it is certainly just as interesting. It was created by Afaa Michael Weaver – a man who seems to have come a long way.
The Pantoum is a form that originated from Malaysia. I like to think of it as a sort of circle, because it begins and ends with the same line. Whatever the journey, you end up back where you started, so it is an interesting form to explore. So what do you need to know about the Pantoum? 1) Length: it does not adhere to a specific length. So even though it is a strict form, you can make it as...
Bring back our girls.
They are merely children;
barely out of their mother’s sight,
helpless pawns in your bloody war.
Bring them whilst we can still recognize
them. Let them grow without harsh scars.
Compared to the other poems I have talked about thus far, I think the Villanelle is the easiest to compose. It’s also fun, lyrical and expressive. A great poem for getting your point across. Like the Sestina, the Villanelle is a poem that relies heavily on repetition but unlike the Sestina, it is repetition of the entire line. 1) Length: The Villanelle is 19 lines long; however six of...