I Made It Up
Now, not everyone writes poetry. And not every reads or loves it either. But those who enjoy in any way it are my kind of people.
I started my love of writing with poetry. If you've read IN THE REARVIEW you already know that. I started writing poems while in my classes in middle school, instead of listening - which that part I don't recommend, but oh well.
My love of poetry really inspired REARVIEW, and I am so glad I wrote it to include all of the poems that give shape and depth to Meagan's emotions. Her pain is expressed through the lines of her poems even more than in the words of her journal entries.
What makes good poetry? That's a wonderful question. One I'm not really sure how to answer. For me the flow and the emotions are what make it sink or swim. If I can feel it move while it also moves my heart - THAT'S good poetry. But there are lots of opinions on this. Should it rhyme? Does it have a deeper meaning? And so on... So what makes good poetry for you?
I can say, in a very ashamed voice and with no eye contact, that I have NOT read enough poetry. I've read pieces mandatory in school. I fell in love with "Because I Could Not Stop For Death," and Shell Silverstein still sits on my bookshelf proudly. But I really need to read more poetry. So... who had recommendations? I welcome them!
*Let your poetry sit after writing it - don't edit it right away. The flow may feel differently if you give it time to breathe before editing. I learned this one, and I've never stopped using it since!
*Worry about grammar later - get the ideas, words, and emotions right first
*Tips for writing poetry
*50 essential poetry books to read
*Popular poetry from Goodreads
*Oprah's 20 poetry books to read