A photograph to inspire poetry: Lupini bean plant

Lupini Bean Plant

This is a photograph of a lupini bean plant.  The plant has been growing for roughly one month.

This photograph can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  For example, a poet could write about farming or gardening.  They might write about food with lupini beans.  They could take a broader view, and write about the progression of something, which would be similar to how the seed, progressed to the plant, which may progress to beans.

One idea for poetry, would be to notice that there are seven leaves on each stem of the plant, and use the idea of seven of something in a poem.  For example, a poet might write a poem about seven people that share a connection (similar to the seven leaves that are connected on each stem).

 

Experimental Poetry Form: Filter

This experimental poetry form is called filter.  It has one stanza with eight lines.  The first line has eight words, the second seven, the third six, and the decrease continues, until the last line has only one word.

The first line sets the pieces of the poem.  It has eight words only.

The second line has seven words only.  Those seven words, must be seven of the words from the first line.  The second line, has all the words from the first line, except for one.

The third line has six words only.  Those six words, must be six of the words from the second line.  The third line, has all of the words from the second line, except for one.

This continues with the remaining lines.

The poetry form is called filter, because one word is filtered from the poem with each line.

Two important aspects of the poetry from, are that the lines generally flow together, and all the lines generally make sense.  This makes the form more difficult, but may improve the outcome.

As a note, the order of the words in each line, can be different from the previous or any previous lines.  The form loose one word with each line, but each line can have a variable order for the words that remain.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Fruit and flower on a stem

Fruit and flower on a stem

Please see the post entitled: Artwork to inspire poetry: Grapevine.  This post is inspired by that one.

This artwork, derives its colors from the photograph from the post A photograph to inspire poetry: Butterfly.  The artwork is of a fruit and flower on a stem.  The orange hue, comes from the butterfly, the pinkish color comes from a wild strawberry, the white, comes from a clover flower, and the green from a blade of grass in the photograph (the blue background was chosen to provide contrast for the white from the flower, but could be assumed to represent the unseen blue sky in the photograph).

This artwork is related to the photograph, in that a butterfly pollinates flowers, which sometimes makes fruit (this relationship is in addition to the one of the artwork using the colors from the photograph).  Generally also, the photograph is of a spring scene, and so is this artwork.

This artwork could be used to inspire poetry in a number of ways.  A poet could be inspired to write about someone picking fruit from a tree or the smell of fruit flowers.  A poet might write about a garden, or they could write about an artist painting a picture of fruit on a tree.  A poet could see this artwork, and be inspired in a different direction, and write about pesticide.  A poet might take a broader view, and see the orange hue in the photograph, and think about someone from their past who used to wear a shirt or a dress in that color, and write a poem about them.  This artwork could be used in poetry in a number of different ways.

Poem with an explanation: A snail

How does a snail,
go across a road?

 

This poem is a question.  The idea is for the reader to contemplate it.

A snail moves very slowly, and going across a road is hazardous.  It would seem quite possible, that depending on the circumstances, that a snail might not complete the journey.

The chance of misfortune, though, is not the intent of the contemplation proposed by the poem.  Instead, it is meant to motivate the reader, to consider how potentially unlikely success is achieved.

In some ways, the reader is prompted to consider the question “How did a snail, go across a road?” rather than how one could possible do so, given the difficulty.

A milestone: One year anniversary of first post

Today is the one year anniversary of the very first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Please celebrate.

Counting today’s post, there have been 246 posts to the blog.

So far, there have been, among other items in posts, approximately (although hopefully exactly):

30 individual poems (as opposed to poems that were part of some other type of post)

25 poems as part of poem series

30 poems with explanations

29 artworks to inspire poetry

30 poetry topic ideas

29 experimental poetry forms

29 photographs for inspiration

The very first post on the blog can be seen here: very first post.  As can be seen from that post and the ones since, the stated items of having posts of poetry, about poetry, and of poetry related things, have been accomplished.

As a reminder, on this one year anniversary of the first post, M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try, is still available for purchase.

First Try Cover
First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

It can be purchased through the publisher here: First Try,

from Amazon here: First Try,

and from other online retailers.

It is available in print and as an eBook.

As a sample, the first six poems from the book, can be read on the blog here: first six poems.

M. Sakran sincerely hopes that readers of this blog have enjoyed the poetry, learned from the poems with explanations, gotten ideas from the poetry topic ideas, experimented with the experimental poetry forms, and been inspired by the artworks and photographs.

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Poem with an explanation: Eyes and a wolf

Eyes closed,
     seeing.

A wolf follows,
growls,
snarls,
and at the moment,
     falling off a cliff.

 

Eyes open,
     darkness.

A wolf follows,
growls,
snarls,
and at the edge of the cliff,
     a bridge appears,
     and then a glen.

Peace.

 

This poem is surreal in nature.  It expresses an idea through imagery that has an imaginative quality.

The literal explanation of the poem, is that someone is having a dream.  The dream has a very bad situation, that is not just bad in the short term, but bad in the long term.  Then in the poem, the person wakes up, still fells the negative long term feeling from the dream, but then realizes it wasn’t real, and relaxes.

The first stanza, is a contradiction.  The first line says “Eyes closed” the second line says “seeing”.  This is meant to set the tone of the surreal poem.  In a literal sense, it describes the person dreaming: their eyes are closed, but they see the dream.

The second stanza describes the bad situation in the dream.  The bad thing in some way hounds the person (a wolf follows), gets to the person and increases the dread (growls, snarls), and when the bad thing happens there is a short term negative impact (at the moment) and also a long term negative impact (falling off a cliff).  The bad feeling comes from something that does not end when it first happens, but it continues.

The second half of the poem, is separated from the first half.  It starts with a mirror stanza of “Eyes open, darkness.”  This stanza mirrors the first stanza, but in this case, it describes the person being awake.  Their eyes open, but because it is night, they see darkness.

The next stanza has the same first three lines as the second stanza (A wolf follows, growls, snarls).  This is meant to show, that when the person first wakes up, they feel as if the dream was real, and the bad thing is still there.

The next line in the stanza shows a change.  It keeps the cliff image, but instead of falling off, as in the dream, the person starts to come to a realization that the dream was not real (a bridge appears), and then they are in a place where they feel better (a glen).

The person realizes the dream was not real and that they are alright, and so they feel peace.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Butterfly

Butterfly

This photograph is of a butterfly, on a clover flower, by wild strawberries, in the sunshine.  One way that this photograph can inspire poetry, is simply from the idea of spring.  All of the elements (a butterfly, flowers, strawberries and sunshine) relate to spring, and can be used as elements in a poem.

Experimental Poetry Form: Five sets of two

This experimental poetry form is called five sets of two.  It has five sets of two lines each.  Each set of lines has the same qualities.  Although the lines in each set are part of a set, no sets have lines that are adjacent to each other.  There is only one stanza, not five sets of couplets.  The similarity of the lines, but the fact that they are mixed up in one stanza, is part of the experiment of the form.

Below is the order of the lines.  Each pair of the same letters is a set.

A
C
D
B
E
D
B
A
C
E

Here are the qualities of each set:

A – Six syllables, iambic meter, rhyme, no indention

B – These lines are the same and are indented two spaces, no other requirements

C – Eight syllables, no meter, no rhyme, indented three spaces

D – Ten syllables, iambic meter, no rhyme, no indention

E – Eight syllables, rhyme, no meter, indented two spaces

 

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Lost

Alone at night beneath,                           
   an enclosed roof of dark tree tops,
surrounded by uncertainty that’s like,
  a fog that shrouds,                                      
  as the mind willfully denies,
the thoughts of what it knows does hide within,
  a fog that shrouds,
a fear that has sharp teeth,                                                           
   and there in the cave of dark trees,
  huddled, a form wears a disguise.     

Published Poetry: Hospitality

Yesterday, M. Sakran had a poem published with Deep South MagazineDeep South Magazine can be found at deepsouthmag.com.  The poem is called Hospitality, and can be found here: Hospitality.  Please leave a comment about the poem on the site.  Also, if it is desired, any opinions about the poem, can be sent to M. Sakran, using the form below.  Just type the opinion and click submit.

Poetry topic idea: crayons

Today’s poetry topic idea is crayons.  Crayons are interesting for poetry because, among other things, they come in many colors, they can be used to create art, and they are in some sense simple.

A poet could write a poem about all the colors in a large box of crayons and how those relate to other things.  They could write a poem about a child coloring with crayons.  They might also write a poem about a grown person trying to use crayons to create sophisticated artwork.  They might write about the picture colored or the artwork made.  Additionally, they might write about the simplicity of crayons and ideas that go with that.

As something different, a poet might decide to write their poem using crayons, regardless of its subject matter.

There are many ways a poet could use the idea of crayons in poetry.