Thursday, August 09, 2007

Poems about poetry + other news

Ars Poetica is a new blog with an interesting idea: an anthology (at first virtual, eventually print) of poems about poetry. Forget submitting -- it's network-invitation only. But if you adore this genre of poetry, what a delicious, long read you have ahead of you. Some of the poems I sampled and liked are by Denise Duhamel, Marilyn Taylor, Robert Sward, and the blog's creator, Dan Waber. His short poem targets why I like poems about poetry and why I am in that tiny cultural minority that adores reading and writing poetry. I hope Dan won't mind my quoting this brief -- but huge -- poem:

You don't go looking for poetry finds.
You go, looking, for poetry finds.

I just love it when punctuation matters. Now, that could be a whole other web anthology: poems driven by punctuation. Okay, a very short anthology. Still.

In other but related news, Kelli Russell Agodon's blog has a series on tapping into the unconscious. It's filled with interested ideas, quotes and links. "For poetry finds" might be her theme as well. My favorite quote, in today's entry:

One novelist here (who doesn't believe in writer's block) said to treat the subconscious as a muscle and approach it as something that needs to be exercised.

Since studies have been done showing that the memory responds to daily exercise, I see no reason not to assume the unconscious mind does as well. There are even people who practice something they call "dreaming awake." I don't recommend anything verging on an occult exercise, yet the idea of staying close to dreams and as aware of the subconscious processes that power our feelings seems that it would aid creativity.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link to Ars Poetica, Rachel.

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  2. Hi Rachel,

    Just to let you know I posted a comment yesterday but it seems to have disappeared in a puff of smoke!

    I'll rewrite it later today.

    All best,

    Regi

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  3. So anyway, what I said was something like... Great article, and speaking of exercising memory, this line....

    "I just love it when punctuation matters."

    ...reminds me of something Travis Bogard once said about Shakespeare. (Travis was a professor in the UC Berkeley drama department when I was a student there.) Once he told us that he wanted to write a book called "Shakespeare's Colon," since he believed that the way Shakespeare used punctuation was the key to how the lines should be spoken. Comma = breath. Semicolon = short pause. Colon = long pause. Period = full stop. (Or something along those lines.)

    The semicolon is my personal favorite when it comes to punctuation; I always look forward to an opportunity to use one. LOL!

    All best,

    Regi

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  4. Shakespeare's Colon -- hmm, that could be a book on punctuation or it could be an unusual medical-literary theory. Bless you for using semicolons. That shows rare taste and command of your pauses.

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