Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fireblossom Friday: Looking Beyond The Obvious

"Focus!" screams your personal trainer. "Focus!" you scold yourself at work on Monday morning. "Focus" yells the emcee, introducing the ancient Dutch rock band. Focusing is fine, especially when writing poetry. BUT. Poetry is a funny animal. It isn't like prose, or journalism, where we just pop out the facts bam bam bam starting with the most important. No, poetry is more amorphous, almost dream-like at times, and though it can be in-your-face, it is more often subtle. 

Picture a room. In this room there is a table, a cat, a bowl of fruit on the table, a window with drapes, a rug, a fireplace, and some books. Sitting in the foreground is a woman with some knitting. She's what we see first. Then we might take in the cat, and all the rest. Suppose, though, that the fireplace hasn't been well tended. Suppose a tiny spark has caused a book left too close to the grate to begin to smoulder (way back there, in the background.) NOW what's the most important thing in this picture of ours? 

I want you to try to write a slightly dishonest poem. A little bit misleading. Give us something to focus on--the apparent subject of your poem. But slip in a detail that is really more important. Make it a new poem for this challenge, please. Then link!

 

16 comments:

paulscribbles said...

Thursday night here in the UK but if it's up it's open right? I love the idea for this prompt and as I typed a piece just presented itself. Hope you enjoy.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Not an easy thing to pull off but I'll give it a try! Working on it now...hugs!

I wanted to announce (this once) that I'm having a image prompt every Sat. starting this Sat. Ever since Magpie Tales went away I've not found a good place to write about images. We don't do it very often in the groups I write with so I'm doing it myself. Follow the Image Prompts tab on CP or go directly to the website. I used Blogger for ease of Linking.

Thank you!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a very interesting exercise, Shay. One that requires some thought to get right. A challenge indeed.

brudberg said...

I see a bowl of red herrings... but I wonder if I have time to write... a prompt to think a bit and maybe come with something later.

Blogoratti said...

A great prompt indeed, warm greetings!

gillena cox said...

Luv this challenge ☺

Much love...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Not sure my brain is up for it, but will try. A very intriguing prompt.

Margaret said...

...you are really going to work out my brain... I will start doing warm up exercises...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

This was very enjoyable to write. My whole poem might seem to be about looking beyond the obvious, but the secret detail is less obvious. Tricky, to conceal it and yet make it findable; I don't know how well I succeeded.

grapeling said...

Shay, I'm not sure I got the flavor of your request... but submitted anyways... ~

hedgewitch said...

Like M, unsure if I captured your object, Shay, but I found the challenge rewarding. Thanks for the nudge.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, and of course I shouldn't have a 3 after my link (there's only the one). Sorry.

angieinspired said...

well, here's mine. let me know if you saw it coming. my apologies for what you see

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am struggling with the words but I tried, Shay.

:)

Outlawyer said...

Shay-- belated--thanks. k.

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