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Ain't that the truth?
Today, we're talking about the hard stuff. You know, the stuff that slips out of your grasp like smoke before you can capture it with words. The stuff that you wrestle with for hours and end up with nothing but a blank piece of paper, chewed nails, and a thousand yard stare. The stuff that makes writing poetry . . . well, incredibly difficult sometimes. Yes, that stuff.
Now, don't start squirming already; I'm not necessarily referring to deeply personal, dark night of the soul type of things (though they can certainly fit the bill). I'm talking about anything that is difficult for YOU. Let me give you some personal examples:
- I have a helluva hard time setting a poem in an urban environment. Such a place is out of my comfort zone and out of my realm of experience.
- Long poems are difficult for me; I think in sound bites.
- I know this will surprise most of you, but I really don't do perky well.
So, what's your "hard stuff?" Got a form that slays you? A topic you can't seem to get a handle on? Still looking for that word that rhymes with "orange?" Write about it . . . any way you want . . . in 75 (generous) words or less.