Corgimom wrote:Poetry tends to be a self absorbed medium.
I'm trying not to take this as a burn. What is more self - absorbed than writing a whole novel and expecting someone to read it. Creating a whole album and expecting people to listen to every song. Poems are short, require no time commitment to read. I see nothing more world friendly than a poem. I suppose I could switch to memes, lol. I appreciate everything you wrote Corgimom, except I disagree with the above point. No ill will meant. Love you all, keep the comments flying.
It wasn't a burn. I was actually thinking about great poetry and how personal to the writer it is. That is why I quoted Sappho. Sure she wrote hymns to the gods but the words that ring for decades are the personal. If was over 40 years ago I read the business with the pillows it still strikes me as yearning so deep she would not give it further expression.
In modern terms- 'If I am dumb beside your body while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips. it is because I hear a man climb stairs and clear his throat outside the door. ' is nothing but one mans terror of loosing the center of his world but the words once read never leave you.
The deeply personal soul laid bare aspect put to paper needs to be self absorption spewed to words then picked apart for exactly the right word before you deal with cadence. Poetry is work.
Sure there are twists on the way writers handle the revelations. For example I think Edger Lee Masters used the voices of a whole town's grave yard to address the spectrum of the human condition. Spoon River was his Opus. It seemed to me that the things I read outside that collection were goodish but I can't remember of the words from later works.
Now think of Tennyson- how he often connects us to the wildness of nature then makes that connection swell to a yearning to hear the thrush song.
On a more modern note Ruth Stone who has said that the poems come through her not from her. I get that too
I thought the poetry you wrote was good. Nice touch of anger and angst. You need to get published. I want to see and read your best.
I'll know if it is great if I catch myself quoting or remembering it much later.
Memes are either greeting cards run amok or traffic generators for web sites in the smart phone age. Their relationship to poetry is about the same as writing ABC family sitcoms is to experimental short films.