Poetry topic idea: mirror

Today’s poetry topic idea is mirror.  A mirror can be used in poetry in a number of ways.  Some ideas include using a mirror:

  • To show an alternate universe or as a portal as might be done in science fiction or fantasy.
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  • As a way to discuss issues of body image.
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  • As a way to show vanity.
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  • As a way to show self-reflection (on an emotional, life examining level).
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  • As a way to show the true self of a person, as might be done in fantasy fiction.

Artwork to inspire poetry: D’ Anjou pear

D' Anjou Pear

This artwork is of a D’ Anjou pear.  Some poetry ideas that can come from it are poems about:

  • Someone named D’ Anjou
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  • Pears
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  • The idea of mixing “pear” with “pair”
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  • A place in France called Anjou
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  • Fruit in general

 

Here is an example poem:

Sitting alone,
on the park bench,
eating a pear,
she looked out,
as a pair walked by,
knowing him,
but not her.

A Milestone: The Two Year Anniversary of MSakran.com

Today is the two year anniversary of MSakran.com.  Celebrate!

MSakran.com is the website of M. Sakran (this is the blog).  There are a lot of things on the site, many of which can be related to poetry.  Here is a rundown of what is there, as well as how it can relate to poetry.  Check out the site today.

  • On the home page of MSakran.com you’ll find a news section. This section has things like notes of milestones and mentions of published items.  Many times those milestones and mentions are related to poetry.  For example, if M. Sakran has had a poem published recently, you may see a note of it in the news section.
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  • Also on the home page, you’ll find the current set of Photography, Artwork, Poetry and Fiction. There are sets of these on MSakran.com.  So far there have been twenty nine.  The most recent set is the one on the home page, and older sets can be found on or from the Photography, Artwork, Poetry and Fiction page.  In each of the sets, all four items are in some way related (sometimes not so much, and sometimes quite a bit).
     
    The sets are poetry related in that the photography and artwork can inspire poetry, just like they do here on the blog, the poetry, is well, poetry, and the fiction sometimes has a relationship to the poem and could also inspire poetry.
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  • On the Publications page, you’ll find a list and links to many of the items M. Sakran has had published. Quite a few of these items are poems.
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  • On the Understanding: poems with explanations page, you’ll find information about M. Sakran’s self-published eBook collection of poems with explanations. The eBook contains twenty poems and explanations of them.  If you’d like to learn about poetry by reading explanations of poems written by the person who wrote the poems, you should check out the book.
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  • On the Book page, you’ll find information about M. Sakran’s traditionally published collection of poetry, First Try. If you go to a page where you can buy the book here, you can read a little about it as well as, currently, read the first six poems in the preview.  If you like what you read, consider purchasing a copy.
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  • On MSakran.com, there is an entire science fiction novel. It is called The Finch.  You can read the entire novel right from MSakran.com.  Just go to The Finch page.  The story in the novel could inspire poetry.  This was done before here on the blog.  You can read some poems in the blog post, Poetry topic idea: The Finch.

Go check out MSakran.com today!

Poem with an explanation: Sitting down

Sitting down,
on the tomb like stone,
all is blurry,
in the singularity,
after a moment,
the summer solstice,
appearing in March,
a tornado,
from the hurricane,
to those in the stands,
it either makes sense,
or is foolishness,
but there,
on the tomb like stone,
all is blurry,
in the singularity.

Above is a poem.  Below is its explanation.  Before you read the explanation though, take a moment, and think about what you think the poem means.  Then, as you read the explanation, you can see how your interpretation of the poem compares with the intended meaning of the poem.

Did you think it meant something different?

Did you think it meant the same thing?

Were you surprised?

Was it what you expected?

If you find this exercise to be insightful in some way, the idea of comparing what you thought a poem meant compared to what the poet intended it to mean, you might consider writing a post for your blog about it.  You can link to this post if you want.  Please let M. Sakran know if you do, by using the Contact page.  Maybe you found some insight about how you read poems, or about the idea of intended meaning vs. interpreted meaning, or something else, that you thought might be good to share with your readers.  If so, consider sharing it with your readers.

If you like poems with explanations in general, you might consider purchasing a copy of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations, which contains twenty poems and explanations of those poems.

Here is the explanation of the poem:

This is a poem about a person whose pet has died in front of them.  The pet died of some illness.

The poem starts after the pet’s death.  The person is sitting down on the concrete (on the tomb like stone) beside their pet.  The concrete is tomb like because of the pet’s death.

The person is crying (all is blurry) and the moment they are having is intensely focused (in the singularity).  The person pauses (after a moment) and certain thoughts come to their mind.

The first idea is two expressions of the notion that death is completely expected, but still hits like a surprise.  Two metaphors for this are given.  The first is the summer solstice, appearing in March.  The summer solstice is a completely predictable event.  Even down to the minute for a given location.  Yet, in the poem, it comes early, at an unexpected time.  The summer solstice was used as a metaphor for death, because it is the longest day of the year.  Each day after that, until the winter solstice, gets darker and darker.  It is a metaphor for how the person feels.

The second metaphor shows the idea of something unpredictable, a tornado, from something predicable, a hurricane.  The idea here is that a hurricane is big and ominous, but can be tracked with some predictability.  This is like the general idea of death.  A tornado though is often a complete surprise.  This is like the idea of a specific death.  There is a difference between the general idea of something, and the specific instance of it happening.

After this, the person feels a moment of self-consciousness.  They imagine people seeing them on the ground crying (to those in the stands).  They either think that these people will understand the sadness and significance of their emotions (it either makes sense) or that the people will look at them like they are foolish for crying about a dog (or is foolishness).

This brief moment of self-consciousness ends though as the person comes back to their situation.  They stop thinking and just feel where they are.  They go back to how they started, on the concrete (on the tomb like stone), crying (all is blurry) and in an intensely focused moment (in the singularity).

In terms of form, some elements are:

Lines two, three and four are repeated as lines fourteen, fifteen and sixteen.

All lines are between two and five words long.

Seven of the sixteen lines, end in a word, starting with ‘s’.

 

Hopefully you enjoyed this poem with an explanation.

Experimental Poetry Form: Anapestic tetrameter

Today’s experimental poetry form uses anapestic tetrameter.  There are six lines.  Each line is written in anapestic tetrameter.  The three middle lines rhyme.  Here is an example poem:

A long lost far off path that goes on far from here,
it does wind and does turn and goes past what is known,
through the trees and the hills to the rocks all of stone,
where the light shines on down on a way that is shown,
that goes through a great wall that does block the way on,
that stopped all who did try to move past what was there.

Poetry topic idea: laundry

Today’s poetry topic idea is laundry.  Laundry can be used in many significant ways in poetry.  Some examples include poems about:

  • A wife finding another woman’s clothes in her husband’s laundry
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  • An overworked maid doing laundry
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  • The conditions for workers at dry cleaners
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  • A person with a physical disability trying to do their laundry
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  • Various symbolic things that happen when laundry is done – for example, that clothes are separated by color and type