The Art and Craft of Poetry by Michael J. Bugeja

By Michael J. Bugeja

A consultant to writing poetry, from producing principles to contemplating the full poem, with sections on journals and genres, instruments of the alternate, codecs and varieties, in addition to examples from the paintings of greater than a hundred poets.

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38 The Art and Craft of Poetry Mini Anthology of Love Poems SPEAKING OF LOVE Speaking of love was difficult at first. We groped for those lost, untarnished words That parents never traded casually at home, The radio had not devalued. How little there seemed left to us. So, speaking of love, we chose The harsh and level language of denial Knowing only what we did not wish to say, Choosing silence in our terror of a lie. For surely love existed before words. But silence can become its own cliche, And bodies lie as skillfully as words, So one by one we spoke the easy lines The other had resisted but desired, Trusting that love renewed their innocence.

Look at my list of highs, lows and turning points —the one with specific incidents and epiphanies/peak experiences (on pages 7-8) — and come up with a similar list. Now you will have ten ideas for poems based on life experience and expressing specific truths. Put these in your journal and write a passage about what you hope your poem conveys. Try to envision key elements and list them. You'll use these ideas in notebook exercises in later chapters. 2. Review ways to research ideas using encyclopedias, quotation references, biographies, collections of letters and published diaries, Ideas 25 journals and autobiographies (as explained on pages 10-11).

46 The Art and Craft of Poetry N a t u r e - H u m a n C e l e b r a t i o n . The poet celebrates himself or herself as part of nature, as does Walt Whitman in this excerpt: SPONTANEOUS ME Spontaneous me, Nature, The loving day, the mounting sun, the friend I am happy with, The arm of my friend hanging idly over my shoulder, The hillside whiten'd with blossoms of the mountain ash, The same late in autumn, the hues of red, yellow, drab, purple, and light and dark green, . . E s s e n c e o f N a t u r e .

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