AS FOR THE THINGS I WRITE
Studying the literature that is forced upon us in high school/college is
both wonderful and frustrating. Novels and poetry can be useful tools to
help determine the insight of a reader, but this does not mean that every
story in every book deserves your attention. Perhaps it was my own
disappointment with literature that led me to writing verse.
This is Your Warning:
I don't write novels. In my opinion, long writings should be an exact
science. Telling a story in 200 pages is much easier than telling a story in
12 lines. See? Again, in my opinion, if a writer has 200 pages to tell a
story--then that story should be not only perfect, but also dazzling. I've
read a few novels, and I've never been dazzled. And I don't write novels; I
The "verse" I refer to is rhyming lines with structure and order. "Free
verse" is something that allows anyone to call himself a poet. By common
standards, everything from the Holy Bible to the instruction manual for your
VCR is a free verse poem--and I don't agree with that. When I do write "free
verse", I call it a "short story". Here in my world; if it doesn't rhyme,
then it's not a poem.
Sometimes poets get really lucky and write "lyrics" that actually sing. Then
the "poem" is just a twice-added chorus away from being a "song". Any poem
that easily writes it's own song is a masterpiece.
My goal with writing has always been to write as if I were talking. I try to
avoid big words, and never assume to be smarter than the reader. A good poem
should inspire readers to write. You shouldn't have to wonder how you feel
after reading a poem; either you get it, or you don't. Thankfully, there are
no "brain puzzles" here.
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