novapsyche: a young girl sitting with her fist up to her chin, her face turned away, ringed by a blue crescent (crescentgirl)
Lately, I've been trying to get back into the local poetry scene. There really isn't a scene, unless you're a young adult & into slam. But I was able to reconnect with a group that meets at a bookstore downtown (Crazy Wisdom) every other week. This month, even though they traditionally have no events scheduled for August, one of the informal leaders is going to convene the group. So I'm looking forward to that. It's a good mix of experience levels so the critique is useful.

Last night, I went back to a group that meets once a month at a bookstore just a couple of miles away from me. I hadn't been there since February & before that more than I remember. Part of this was due to my writer's block, part of it to the creative writing course I'd taken since September, which caused a scheduling conflict. Well, last night was really good, really fun. I took "Existentialism" (which they all seemed to like, to my amazement) & "Near Miss", whereupon I got some really incisive feedback. It was nice to see everyone again; it truly had been too long.

One of my former classmates from the creative writing class, Diane, put me in touch with the leader of another group that meets on a side of town I rarely visit but could probably make by bus. Diane talked her up & highly recommended her. Unfortunately, she charges for every session. I've never been part of a poetry group that did this, unless it was an official class. So I'm hesitant. I don't have the funds for that--I'd rather take that money & spend it on a subscription to Poetry. But the woman very graciously offered to waive the fee for one of her upcoming groups, so I will at least take her up on that & observe her teaching style.

Diane lamented the dearth of writing groups in the area specifically devoted to poetry. It's made me even think of resurrecting Thirteen Blackbirds. But I'm still not out of my writer's block. Also, most of my instructional materials were lost in the Great Flash Flood of 2009. In the meantime, I'm reading a lot more poetry & bought Richard Hugo's The Triggering Town for behind-the-scenes discussion of how poems become.

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Nov. 20th, 2010 09:22 pm
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (antiquekeyboard)
Hmm. Had an idea to write a poem using a word (or words) that I normally would not come across in a poem.

This might be dangerous. Well, they always say write as though to risk something.
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (ascendingsailormoon)
So I'm limping along as far as NaNo is concerned. I noticed not too long ago that I was resisting in direct response to the amount of internal pressure I placed. I need to get to a place where I say to myself "I get to write a poem today" instead of "I have to".

Leafing through a lit journal today, I had the idea to reverse the literal meaning of each individual word, thus coming up with a vastly different poem than the one I was reading. So far, this seems to be a valuable vein to mine, though it's not as simple as I would have imagined. I'll post the first fruit of this labor as soon as I'm finished transliterating.

How go your writing goals?
novapsyche: Sailor Moon rising into bright beams (ocelot)
Serious writer's block going on over here.

Some ideas for a couple of poems? Perhaps you have a starting line or a handful of words that seek completion.
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Rocky Horror Picture Show is probably my #1 cult classic, followed extraordinarily closely with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For fans of the flicks, no explanation is necessary.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Anyone who has followed my journal for any length of time knows how important politics are to me.

I am a pacifistic feminist who is against capital punishment. All the civil liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights (and more besides) I support and defend.

In 2003, I met with like minds in the heart of Ann Arbor to protest the impending (and in my view, illegal) war in Iraq. In January 2006, with the help of MoveOn.org, I participated in the march on Washington to protest an increase of troops in Iraq. During the midterm elections of the same year, I volunteered to phone citizens across the country on behalf of candidates in their regions. To me, putting liberals in Congress symbolized my opposition to the egregious civil rights violations executed under the Bush administration.

I'm pleased that Stephen Colbert recently reminded his viewing audience of Benjamin Franklin's statement that those who would sacrifice liberty for the sake of security deserve neither. More need to heed his sagacity.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder.

When the album was released, I was two. I learned how to talk, read lyrics, and sing from this album.

Songs is a double-album, and it goes through (as the title implies) nearly all the stages of life. As it happens, I bought this album on cassette at my first opportunity (to play on my Walkman, of course); I wore the tape out. I had to buy the dual cassettes again. Then, when CDs became a medium, Songs in the Key of Life was among the first I ever bought. I still retain that copy. It is a cornerstone of my repertoire.

The harmonies will live through me forever.
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I make it a point to highlight the bigotry of others if they speak such. The only way to reduce the incidence of racist or homophobic remarks is to confront it directly. Silence equals acceptance.

I have to be tactful about my pushback, as others may think I'm "overly sensitive" due to my own status as a person of color. However, I do not let others' possible perceptions of me deter me from speaking up.

I left a comment in [livejournal.com profile] pink_33_rose's journal, wherein I said: )
Then you have responses like this one from [livejournal.com profile] apollo_scarlet.

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