Announcement

Thanks to my readers and my few faithful commenters for the good times we’ve had recently. I’m going to take a break, probably just for a week or two. I have some things I need to do at home that require focus, which is never easy for me. I’m reading a book on poetic meter…

Poetry Challenge 5: Post Thy Poems!

So let’s get this started! I won’t be first to post my poem today as it’s not quite ready. My sister Abbey had her first baby, at home, yesterday. (Welcome Micah Roberts!) So naturally I’m a little distracted. However I’m sure someone else is ready to break the ice this fortnight. If not, we’ll just…

Poetry Challenge 5: Anglo Saxon Style

So for the fun of it, I want to do something a little different this time around. The due date is July 15th 2014 (although the challenge never expires, as usual.) And the challenge is to write a chunk of poetry in the Anglo-Saxon style. Before the Norman conquest, English poetry did not rhyme and…

Poetry Challenge 4: Posting Day

The challenge for today was to write a poem using some or all of the rhymes of Emily Bronte’s “A Why, Because the Dazzling Sun.” I found the rhymes very suggestive, not least because many of them were not exact rhymes. To me every pair suggested something mystical or enchanted, which influenced my choice of…

A New Poetry Blog

My son Ian has just started his own poetry blog, “Poetry By Kids.” So far he has only posted his own work. If you know of any kids who write poetry or want to try, he is accepting submissions. You can visit his blog here. It’s not a critique blog (he’s seven years old.)

Quick Share

I’m working on a children’s picture book, for which the text is a poem. It’s not enough for me that it rhymes – it needs to be a real poem, with substantial poetic virtues. The fact that it’s for children makes that twice as important, in my view. I’ll need some help from my faithful…

Housekeeping Note

I need to entreat everyone’s patience as I struggle to keep up my usual routine of posts, comments, and replies. I’ve hurt my shoulder and thrown my back out, and the resulting pain, stiffness, and mental weariness are slowly eroding all my routines. It will get better but I have felt unequal today and yesterday,…

Report on Further Investigations of Questions About Imagination

Given, as assumption apriori, the assertions in C. S. Lewis’ short essay “Image and Imagination.” Short recap of Lewis’ essay: Can you imagine something that doesn’t exist? Any examples you want to try out? On first glance, it seems that you can (Fairies?) but actually all you can do is recombine the images of existing things,…

Putting Ourselves “Out There”

I’ve been reflecting on the fact that several commenters now have opened themselves to the public gaze in a very courageous way: you’ve posted your first attempts, or your first attempts in many years, at writing a poem, here for us to see. In the spirit of reciprocity, I wanted to post my own first…

Announcing the Next Poet’s Challenge

So I have been casting about for another challenge, to pursue in the following two weeks. We may return to the first-line challenge another time, but I want to try something a little different. This time, I am going to propose a set of rhymes, that a famous poet used in one of his poems.…