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.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Micro Poetry ~ Notebook Poetry

The object of this challenge has always been to write a poem of between one and twelve lines, in a form of your choice, but for the month of October, I would like to expand on this idea.
First, as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am doubling the number of lines.


@skyloverpoetry

Back in August, I felt inspired to begin a new project, one that would take my poetry to a different platform. I did something, which for me, is quite out of my comfort zone... yes, I ventured into the world of social media and opened an Instagram account. Since then, I have been rediscovering some of my own poems, and I have fallen in love with "notebook" poetry. It has reminded me of how I first began to write my words down with a pen on paper, rather than as I do now, wholly in a word document. It had got to the point that a poem didn't gel for me unless I saw it developing on my monitor in Georgia font! Now I am taking my time, using a nib pen dipped in ink, and even illustrating a few pieces. This month is known as #inktober on Instagram where today's prompt is "Breakable".

I wondered if I might inspire others to return to the comfort of pen and paper. I do not expect you all to rush about looking for an ancient bottle of ink (like I did) but I would love to see a photo of your work written in your own handwriting, or some kind of graphic presentation of your poem.

This is not a stipulation of the prompt... merely a request. Let us all remember the joy of the process!




14 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Hello, friends. Looking forward to reading your poems this weekend.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the prompt, Kerry!❤️ I will be back shortly with a second piece on "Breakable."

Kerry O'Connor said...

Please post both your pieces, Sanaa.. The prompt is optional and I loved your notebook poem.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Will do, Kerry! I am aiming to post them both together!❤️

Toni Spencer said...

This is interesting. I am probably the only poet I know who dies not write poems down, having used the computer for years to write my poetry. My handwriting is so poor. I could snap you a photo of my poem on the screen or a series of beginnings or endings as I keep a file on the computer. That is the best I can do.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Toni, I am happy with a poem posted in the usual way - the notebook is only an option. I also gave up notebooks years ago, but have recently rediscovered my love of them.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I wrote longhand when I was young, and I believe my poems had a fluidity then that they dont have when I type. There was a mind-heart-hand connection to them. This is an intriguing prompt. I will see what I can do. Kerry, your example is just so beautiful!!!!!! Wow. Loving someone in the lonely place is a gift not everyone is given.

Helen said...

Your prompt is fascinating and a lovely challenge.

brudberg said...

I am with Toni on this... but I will try to write something in longhand, but probably only after I have done it on computer :-)

Marian said...

Love, love!!!!!
Kerry, I have been so impressed and inspired by your Instagram account. My goodness!!!!
I love my notebook and am never without it, but never share anything from there because my handwriting is... challenging. :)
Thanks for this, super-fun. xoxo

said...

You are as brilliant an artist as you are poet. I adore that sketch. I think you've made me want to draw more than write.

said...

I'll try to write something in the morning.

-Shawna

Anmol (HA) said...

I adore your notebook poems, Kerry!
Thanks for an interesting challenge — I do write in my notebook sometimes but this time, I tried to be more comprehensible. Ha!

Margaret said...

I am playing SO late - I will link up on Tuesday with this poem. Can't wait to see the other entries for this challenge - how fun!