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Offline cafeRg

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What Makes a Poet?
« on: April 07, 2012, 10:15 AM »
I am curious what infuses a person to take up poetry as their art form?
Instead of some other art form? And how do they find their poetry style?


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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 10:51 AM »
That's a great question. Of course, I can only speak for myself.

I had a very overbearing father who rarely let me express myself, and when I did,
it was usually met with shouting and anger. As an adult, of course,
I've grown beyond that and learned everyone needs to be heard
and deserves to be heard, and I looked
for something I could own

I guess something that didn't need to feed ego, but be a reflection
of all those words and feelings that I had been afraid to voice.

Maybe we're all shaped by one person whether negatively or otherwise
to choose an art form that best heals. I think I did, like to think I did.
It's just my thing. And I think when I discovered it,

I knew.  As far as finding a voice, I think
its the right one when it feels most natural.
If the poet is forcing it, or trying to write by committee,
they're not themselves anymore. So what's the point?

Great question. For me, its all about expression
and in many ways, I'm still not completely there yet.







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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 11:31 AM »
Original sin.

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2012, 12:37 PM »
I would guess that it's just a matter of expression, at least in the beginning.  Finding a voice, a way to express that which is, in the most beautiful way possible, or perhaps even in the ugliest way possible, depending on what they are driving after.

Of course there are Poets and mere dabblers.  The dabblers use poems as a tool to tinker in, in drastic or momentous moments of their life.  Poets, well, for Poets it is a matter of breathing out and breathing in, a consuming need/desire.

I be a dabbler, very hit and miss.  I am not immersed in poetry, a Poet is.  Immersed in the deepest of deep ends.  They eat poems, drink poems, breathe them in. :comfort
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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2012, 01:48 PM »
Besides the free Psychiatry?


From an early age I knew that I needed to write. But I wasn't led to poetry until mid-life.

I'm still trying to catch up.


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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2012, 02:42 PM »
I'm influenced by a historical prospective or the immediacy of raw emotion.
Of course I haven't written anything in awhile.
Stop looking at the light. Instead, look at what is being illuminated by the light.

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 08:21 PM »
SPORTING LIFE
Jack Spicer

The trouble with comparing a poet with a radio is that radios
     don't develop scar-tissue. The tubes burn out, or with a
     transistor, which most souls are, the battery or diagram
     burns out replacable or not replacable, but not like that
     punchdrunk fighter in a bar. The poet

Takes too many messages. The right to the ear that floored him
     in New Jersey. The right to say that he stood six rounds with
     a champion.

Then they sell beer or go on sporting commissions, or, if the
     scar tissue is too heavy, demonstrate in a bar where the
     invisible champions might not have hit him. Too many of
     them.

The poet is a radio. The poet is a liar. The poet is a
     counterpunching radio.

And those messages (God would not damn them) do not even
     know they are champions.

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 10:03 PM »
A gift (?) with and insistent voice that won't shut up. Oh you can gag it if you want...but eventually it will have out.  :tongue
Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.  ~  Ira Gassen

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 11:55 PM »
The Poet is a seeker; of certainty, of confluence, of continuity, with himself – within himself. Whereby his individual voice converges and translates the divinity one finds inherent in the moment of creation. That Voice, once discovered, has no other reason for existence, than to be shared. It is in the sharing where the poetry and the Poet finds the way.
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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 01:25 PM »
Don't you find a release when you write?
Something dreadful off your chest,
loosen what is hard?

It's the truth
that two plus two equals five.
One length of cord
covers two spans of earth.

And when it's over, you shake
and grimace in fear
for what has been unleashed upon the world


or at least you should.




 
 

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2012, 04:57 PM »
Duties As Designed

The job of the poet
Is to give birth to the words
That give breath to expressions
Of the essence of life.
The job of the poet
Is to leave stains of the storms
Yet echo laughter of the light
That is seen from the soul.
The job of the poet
Is to weave ashes of yesterthoughts
Into silhouettes that rise gently
On the horizon of dawning hope.
The job of the poet
Is to create and to capture
And to spirit and to script
The pulse of life.

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2012, 01:35 PM »
yes, I think release, maybe a drive to answer the messages in bottles so to speak. relationship sharing.
"question my abilities..never my heart"

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Re: What Makes a Poet?
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2012, 10:47 PM »
So many thoughts, stressors, ideas that need to be set free. 
Writing is therapy for me. 
To put it on paper,
releases it from inside me.

At least that's how I started.
Now I actually love how language can stir.
I find it downright amazing! 
I felt it shelter to speak to you  ~Emily Dickinson