Friday, June 29, 2012

I Love Poetry! (my very late mini Poetry Month post)

taken by me, edited on Photobucket

This is something I promised I'd be doing and yet I never got myself around to getting it together early on in the month. As I say in the title, I love poetry. I started writing poetry when I was 14 and haven't stopped since. To date, I have about 300 poems written. One of the very first ones I wrote was put in one of those poetry anthologies that you have to pay to read your poem in. Looking back on it, I seemed to be a really disturbed teenager. But, we all go through angst and moments of depression in adolescence. Here it is:

~*~

"Past In Mind"

Nothing comes out, not in words
Those are things I know, I've heard
I know it's inside but it won't come out
For fear of spreading throughout
I feel pathetic, weak, and frail
Yet I must, I need, to prevail
The shock of life smacks me in the face
I know that I'm a disgrace
It's not easy to tell you know
About things in the past
Just won't even pass
They stay with you day and night
The things I know, they are a fright
To cease and desist, that's what I wish
But I can't hide from feelings inside
Of my passions and destiny for life
It thrills me at once, and then I dull
There's when I remember it all

~*~

I haven't read too much in the way of poetry, as a fan of poetry should anyway. When I was reading through one of my friends poetry compilations, The Random House Treasury Of Favorite Love Poems, I discovered E.E. Cummings.

His poetry is known for its variations in capitalization and punctuation to create the message. It's what drew me to his poems, I thought it was so inspirational and different. It's not the same conventional style or ABAB-like patterns, it stood on its own. They're... surreal. The first poem of his that I read was "If Everything Happens That Can't Be Done" and you can read it HERE (since I'm not sure if I can quote it in my blog or not).

I started to read the compilation of all his poems, Complete Poems, 1904-1962, and still adore his work. I have periodically posted certain lines on Twitter that I've enjoyed as I go. Here's some of my favorites:

~*~

much i cannot)
tear up the world & toss
it away; or
cause one causeless cloud to purely grow

but, never
doubt my weakness
makes more than most
strength
~*~

(his autumn's winter being summer's spring
who moved by standing in november's may)

 ~*~

(aiming for hugely the
ignorant most precise essential flame
never which waked)& perfectingly We

dive

      out of tinying time
                                (into supreme

Now:

~*~

How about you? Do you love poetry?
What poets do you enjoy?

~Jessica

2 comments:

  1. I used to write the most morbid poetry and do suicide photo shoots. Don't ask, I have know idea. It must be a teen thing. ;) Now I can hardly stand reading poetry. It's not that I hate it but you have to be in a certain mood and I guess I'm rarely in that mood.

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    1. We all do crazy stuff when we're teens. I think the poetry can be therapeutic for those years... I can understand. There are some days I can only read so much poetry. :)

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