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What Kind Of Poetry Do You Like?

I’m a writer and a Slam Poet, so I’m good at writing lots of things and your opinions on what you like to read, will benefit me in the future. writing Poetry

Hi there! It's great to know about your passion for poetry. I am not a professional writer but poetry is my hobby of which I have been able to contribute to various anthologies and bring out my poetry books as well. I usually write inspirational poems that have a touch of allegory. I honestly feel a poet connects well with his ownself and the situations around him which he best perceives and writes it with full dedication into rhythmic words and flow. So I guess that can always encourage you to compose beautiful and expressive poems. Hope my thoughts are helpful! 😀 Sumitra Biswal

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Paul’s Answer

Hi Carrington:
My poetry has been published in 21 books, and it sounds as if you are off to a great start. For me, the best poetry that I have written has basically come from the environment that I have grown up in. When I was young I was surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers, streams and all kinds of wild animals. My inspiration came from the experiences that I had in nature, especially the four seasons of the year (autumn, winter, spring and summer) and the various encounters and personal observations I noted during those times. People have described me as an abstract poet, and I focus on the elements found in nature and describing my feelings and observations regarding that item. Writing a description of what I am observing has helped to generate ideas, and enabled me to later put it into a poem. So reading about an individuals environment and his descriptions and feelings involving that environment has always been something that has inspired me. I hope this has helped you in your future writing endeavors.

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Go to the local library and bookstore and get books on some of greatest poets
Look at the environment around you and write descriptive sentences on what you are observing
Put your feelings down on paper regarding on what you see (carry a small notebook with you in case you get an inspiration and can write it down)
Practice everyday. Set a goal regarding how many works you want to complete in a year....50...60...1000
Continue to publish, especially if there is an audience for your work.
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Gary’s Answer

I'll answer this in an unconventional way. Sometimes you don't know what /how you want to write until you see or hear something that inspires you. I was always good at writing things for school/college, including poetry. I wrote my first published poem in the 8th grade. I don't have a particular set or style of poetry that I read because there are a lot of things people write that I find interesting that don't fit into a box. I gather inspiration from sounds and sights, not just what I read. The last poem I wrote came from staring at a tree. This tree, very intricately woven in tree roots and vines on the surface of the bark made me think about the ages of trees. I asked myself, "what kinds of things do you suppose a tree sees (if trees could see) in its lifetime?" So I wrote a poem about a person who had fallen by a tree during their experience fighting in a war; where the tree offered a solemn reprieve from the horrors of war if only for a moment. Read anything; read everything. Personally for me, when I get inspired, I sit down with a pen and the words just pour out on the paper. At first, I don't pay any attention to form; it's just thoughts. Many times, my poems will change shape over the revision process in terms of perspective, in terms of focus or in terms of rhythm. In the end, you just want to know that what came out on paper is the message you hoped to convey. The message can be a feeling, a story, or a perspective. I hope this helps.
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Kikanza’s Answer

I love poetry and use it in my work as inspiration and as lyrical ways to reinforce the points that I make to my audiences when I speak to them. Sometimes I will lace a workbook with lines from poetry to segue from one activity to another.

I grew up with the poetry of Rudyard Kipling, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Audre Lorde, and Edgar Allen Poe. I now often turn to the work of David Whyte and Mary Oliver. I appreciate the spoken word and slam poetry of more recent generations. I admire the complicated rhythms and the internal rhymes. I am a reader, so what I miss from current poets is the opportunity to read and savor their work.

When writing, I write first for myself -- seeing what I am thinking helps me to process. Then I revise and edit for my audience. Finally, I refine for the readers I have not yet met. Will they understand this without me providing a context, or do I need to add more words?