Thursday, January 25, 2007

Why I Love Poetry

In 153 words or less:

The more I thought about this week’s Poetry Thursday homework the more I decided that I don’t really like poetry any more than I do any other written form. I read more contemporary fiction than I do poetry, but I write poetry, whereas I don’t tend to write fiction. I have to admit that I write poetry because I find it easier than writing fiction. I have never found an honest voice in my fiction writing, and so the lazy part of me has taken the easier route.

I read fiction because it provides me with an escape and allows me to imagine different lives and stories. I like writing and reading poetry because the form encourages a creativity and playfulness of form I find inspiring. Since being introduced to Poetry Thursday I have read and enjoyed poetry in a way I haven’t since university. I’m glad I have poetry back again.

More musings on loving poetry here.

4 comments:

blackbank said...

I'm glad you have poetry again. It has the power to heal. BB

Poet with a Day Job said...

I love that what is "easier" for you is what is "truer" for you - that it is hard to find your voice in fiction because, in a sense, it is hard for you to see the truth in the story you are writing. I have this for sure - fiction is much harder for me than poetry, so I tend to love and stick with poetry more as a result. With fiction, I can't find it's honesty as easily as I can poetry...so I lvoe it more. I suppose I am a truth addict. Although, I can't then explain why I love READING fiction more than memoir....

gautami tripathy said...

I can connect with the lazy part. I started out as a prose write. Now all I do is write poetry.

gautami
saluting the poetic words.

why I love Poetry.

Norma said...

You've made some very good points. But your work-outs wear me out!