Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Verse First ~ Writers are Lovers

Verse First ~ Writers are Lovers


Welcome to VERSE FIRST, where simple notions prompt amazing poems.
Today's notion?

WRITERS ARE LOVERS



In "Allen verbatim : lectures on poetry, politics, consciousness", Allen Ginsberg shares an interesting viewpoint: "Writers are great lovers... and great lovers realize that they are what they love."

 Ginsberg further revealed that he loved Jack Kerouac and his work, and that he wanted to write in a way that would please his idol.  "... being in love with Jack Kerouac, I discovered that I was Jack Kerouac: that's something love knows."

Ginsberg's perspective encourages us to ponder the writers we love and the writing we produce because of that love. Your assignment this week? Choose one poet you adore and write a piece to honor or express that adoration. 

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27 comments:

  1. Knocked this one out as I head out the door to the dojo. Good morning poets.

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  2. Oh dear, this is tough. Only one poet comes to mind. Hugo.

    But then I remember I adore the poems by Sherry, Carrie Van Horn, Tess Kincaid, S M Kelvin, Arian Tejano, Grace, Gretchen Leary…

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    1. You see... lots of wonderful poets to consider!

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    2. I did a glosa, Kim. One of my favorite forms after Samuel Peralta introduced it at dVersePoets...

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  3. When I read this prompt, the writer I admire the most immediately leapt to the front of mind, and I knew I had been waiting twenty five years to write a tribute to her. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. All roads lead to Robert Frost...

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  5. born without voice
    & never hearing one himself

    barrel chested & rough
    in face---he led us

    up the cliffs, keeping us safe
    until we jumped off

    & at night around the fire
    he wrote poetry in the air
    with an embered stick

    the hare, the thrush
    the babbling brook---he knew them
    only by sight

    & so showed me much

    ollie's got me thinking of my guide and belay when i went mountain climbing the first time as a teen...he was a deaf mute, with a fierce love of nature & people---spending a couple weeks in the mountains with him, i def learned much of life

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    1. Wow, Brian, this is fantastic. Those who cannot speak have extra eyes with which to see. What a wonderful two weeks that must have been. I love "the hare, the thrush, the babbling brook". Beautiful.

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    2. What an amazing inspiration. You have had some exceptional experiences, Brian; and I feel lucky that you share some of them with us. You are a GREAT asset to this community.

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    3. Yes, a beautiful experience beautifully recorded.

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  6. This is a cool idea, I had fun with it, thanks

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  7. Difficult and worthy! I got to spend a day with a dear one! Thank you, Kim. My new poem is toward the end of my post.

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  8. I love Lorca's courage and the vital images in his work.

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  9. Thanks, Kim, lovely prompt. Oh, there are so many poets I'm in love with! But not so many I try to emulate.

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  10. I wrote about Gregory Orr, a poet probably only a few here know. He has often inspired me when I have searched for words.

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  11. Kim, I cannot help returning to say that this prompt--all these poems--has been a heart opener! I am quite inspired, smiling with tears. I keep checking back for more. Thank you and everyone. What a book this would make!

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    1. What a wonderful experience to share, Susan. Thank you so much. Your kindness and support are amongst the reasons I adore this group, even though I've not been able to fully engage here for some time.

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  12. Kim,

    Loved this prompt, but needed time to collect adequate words about my man, Mr Samuel Beckett:) I can highly recommend his novels and poems.

    Eileen

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  13. PT, I cant find a way to leave a comment on your site but I clicked the Like button. I enjoyed your poem very much and wanted to know which poet you selected - it sounds like he or she inspired you greatly. Well done.

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  14. I humble submit my poem and dream that I could write like Emily Dickinson

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  15. Great prompt
    I agree that writers are lovers.
    I feel poetry. whether inspiration comes from others in the community, music that is carried through the trees, the sounds and sights of nature, or from the soft undertones of my God I am blessed in my small way to express what that feels like...

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  16. This was a joy to compose. Thanks for the prompt!

    http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/sharon-olds/

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  17. I inadvertently posted a link here meant for Poetry Pantry! Apologies from #23...

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  18. A tentative link to love and poetry..

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