Thursday, August 16, 2007

Poetry Workshop

I attended a wonderful poetry workshop yesterday that really opened my eyes about how I can use poetry to inspire my other writing. I seem to remember reading about a famous author who reads poetry before she begins writing her prose. After taking this workshop I can understand why. We read several poems that illustrated things like setting, character and telling details. My favorite part was using the poems as prompts to write. In one exercise I wrote a scene from the past of a character from one of my stories. It was very revealing and helped me to understand her much better. We ended by reading poems and coming up with questions from them that could reveal some dimension of our longer works or help us to create new ones. All in all a very inspiring experience. Here's one of my favorite poems.

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is more sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

e.e. cummings