Learning Poetry | Part two

On Editing

Let loose with a first draft and capture the essence of the poem. Refine with an eagle’s eye.
Above all, make sure the grammar and spelling are correct. This is the most important aspect. Sloppy work in this regard is the biggest turn off for a publisher.

Make sure the structure is uniform. For example, don’t use commas, periods, and other grammatical choices in one stanza but not in the others. Keep the same stylistic choices throughout.

Read your poems out loud in full throat and articulation. This will help you spot any areas where the rhythm might be out of tune. You can then make adjustments on the page as needed.

Poetry is a dance between syllables. It is a song based in cadence. Learn the way the music of your own voice flows.

Make sure that you don’t use the same word repetitively. If you need to replace a word that has been overused with a synonym, find a new choice that fits thematically with your language.
Don’t misuse the thesaurus looking for impressive or clever words that don’t necessarily fit the context of your poem. Stay smooth with your original intention.

It’s fine and appropriate to seek the council of others if that’s something you’re comfortable with, but in the end the poem came from your mind so always remember that the final decision should be one that makes you happy.

Ecstatic Ekphrastic Collaborations

From Wikipedia: “The word ekphrasis comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic. It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.”

There is not a soul on earth that can stay connected with the high vibration of the holy spirit all the time by feeding solely on their own stored energy. All sources run dry and become depleted from time to time. Expansion is naturally followed by contraction. This is the way in which the universe works, and we are mirrors reflecting such powerful forces.

Thus, the artist is a lucky rascal in this regard. Because if they are going about their business properly, they’ll have surrounded themselves with other creative beings: poets, authors, painters, musicians, photographers, farmers, gardeners, herbalists, weavers, potters, technicians, shamans, gurus, prophets, preachers, healers, saints, and sinners, all inspired along the path of impassioned endeavors.

Connecting with a piece of art with the urge to respond in kind is a surefire way to manifest something beautiful and blessed, special and sacred. If done correctly, of course, but this is always the case in any aspect of life.

* Soak in your object of affection
* Close your eyes and visualize its structure
* Allow colors to find expression through language
* Smell the scene/fully immerse your senses
* Access the point of origin and add a new layer of genesis
* Sing your verse into the overall composition

Example of Ekphrastic Work

Painting by Rachel Leigh Willis

The River of Consciousness’ Passage Through Wherever It Pleases

‘Tis not a swirl, but a dance
through which we’ve been spinning since the primordial soup
spit us up to make merry

Apocalyptica bleeds a red sky blue –
a river of wine in the lining
Threads of yellow hold the scene in balance –
shake the globe, Pangea shutters/shimmers

Lotus petals/melting shades/hues of light
drip to flash/dissolved vibrations/electric buzz
boiling/cosmic koi pond churning/
becomes ocean/breathes expansion/
becomes fish/becomes eyes of evolution/
becomes will of chaos/becomes hand of order/
becomes brush strokes of creative rhythm
and steady feet

Closing Arguments

Inspiration is unlimited. Reality itself is a wellspring. Draw from its rich resources. Look to the sun, the stars, the moon, the vastness of the cosmos.
Look inward to your own shadow spaces and spots that shine light.

Look to the trees, the rivers, the oceans, the deserts, the mountains, the valleys. Look to your own psychology, the animal urges and angelic aspirations.
Look to the graves of those who have come before. Look to the wombs ready to burst and give birth.
Look to the vultures of war.

Look to the doves of peace.

We live in a time of massive upheaval and great changes, and also of miraculous and amazing innovations. There is never a lack of ideas to use as fodder to start the fire of your stanzas.

Ribbon and Bow

In summation, at the end of the day, do it your way.
How many billions of poems have already been written by other pens? It’s a rhetorical question, but the answer is many. And the point is that it’s all been done before, except for that which hasn’t. So add your voice to the mix with something unique and novel.

Take criticism lightly; let it be water rolling off a duck’s back. Take it also with a grain of salt, or two, depending upon the source from which it originates. Everyone has their thoughts on this and that in life. Everyone wants to get their hands in the pie. Seek after the opinions of those whose true value has been observed as valid in the past. But, still, freewill remains yours in the final decision.

Eat healthily, exercise regularly, and rest with the proper amount of sleep. A clean body leads to a clear mind. Which, in turn, will lead to your best possible writing being accomplished with focused ideas manifesting into form.

Never be afraid to sing hallelujah. God speed.
Selah.

Activity: Write a poem and compare it to the one you wrote in part one

Submit your poem to rayofthought@gmail.com for review.
Note that you must do this if you will have a certificate of participation in this learning

see this poem by the author;

Extinction is the genesis of Evolution

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