Jennifer St. Clair Bush, Associate Editor, Poetry
Issue #1: 01/01/01
Poetry and Everyday Life
By Jennifer St. Clair Bush
©2001, Jennifer St. Clair Bush
think at one time or another, every person on this planet has written a
poem. It might not have
been a very good poem or one you'd ever show to anyone else, but
it was a poem. And
therefore, by default, every person on this planet is a poet.
(I can't help but mention the cliché--but some of you don't know
me, poetry is distilled writing, an essence or a feeling that has been
pared down to the bare bones. Oh,
certainly there is poetry so prose-like you can't truly tell the
difference, but most of the poetry I write, read, or listen to speaks to
the part of me that delights in finding unique and interesting phrases
to get my point across.
you read a lot of poetry, youll begin to notice the different types
that are out there from the short haiku to the long epic.
From Shakespeare to Shel Silverstein, each poet has his or her
own unique voice. To find
your voice, practice by writing poems of different styles until you find
one that fits. Not only will you become a better poet for the practicing,
you will learn about the many techniques of poetry, whether you write
for the rhyme or the rhythm.
rhythm in all poetry lends itself well to reading out loud.
Although there arent many places available for poetry readings
in this day and age, reading your own poetry aloud will not only show
you the rhythm of your words, it will also let you see where some
phrases might not quite work out as well as you expected.
Before submitting your poetry for critique, read it out loud and
listen for awkward phrases. You
want your poetry to sing, not stumble over the high notes.
to the world around you. Pay
attention to your surroundings and see the poetry in every day life.
Your own life can only be enriched in turn.
Poetry lends itself well to everyday life -- something as simple
as a drive to work can become a poem in the right hands.
Practice with instances in your own life; a birth, a death, a new
job. If you study the
poetry in your day-to-day life, you will find plenty of fresh material
to work with. And you only
need a scrap of paper and a pen to write a poem.
Everything else is up to you.
poetry can be both difficult and fulfilling.
A finished poem shines like a jewel on the white of a page, each
line a polished gem of simple words strung together to create a
beautiful whole. Please
feel free to drop by the Poetry Board and share one of yours, or
critique one already posted. I
can almost guarantee you'll enjoy your visit.
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