Once I wrote mainly poems, but since that time I have learnt that some pieces work so much better as stories. True there are poetic forms that work brilliantly to tell narratives – think Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. Ballads are superb for narrative.
Yet I am not a big rhymer – I freely admit it; is it something I will fix? I’m not sure, perhaps with a large and interesting online rhyming dictionary to consult I might have more of a go.
I don’t choose to write ballads, yet my dear hubby can write them endlessly; he is a rhyming machine. He creates beautiful pieces for family and to make us laugh – so effortlessly. This leads me to ask do writers have a form they meld with easily – a form that is their gift? Should they stick with this form? Should they challenge, recreate and test themselves? What do you think?
All I can say is thank goodness not all poetry has to rhyme or I would firmly have my feet in the camp of story.
Poetic prose, verse novels work on the borders of poetry and prose – do you ever wonder why people use these forms? Is it because they can’t make up their mind? Is it because when anyone uses metaphor they realise there is a super fine line between poetry and prose?
I find myself experimenting with boundaries. I tease their limits. I look for the innovators and see just what they are up to. I go on writing field trips in different genre landscapes.
I feel I need to explore the full writing rainbow. I am a child with multi-coloured crayons, lost in my love of the written word, or is it found in my love of the written word?
Writing short meditations on themes that could be prose or poetry can sometimes let me off the hook of a firm decision. I find myself in a liminal space.
Yet if a poem is just become a bit too prosey I switch to writing it as a story. If a story is a touch poetical I see if I need to tip it into that realm. And then of course there are blogs.
Blogs are an art form in themselves.
They rely on how we scroll the screen, do away with paragraphing rules, might be photo essay, filled with hyperlink explorations, part memoir, part passion – and more.
They can be professional, full of dot points, informative, educative, specialist – and yet which blogs do you or I remember? Perhaps another topic for another writing/reading Saturday saga.
Today I’ll write a poem as a story and a story as a poem, just to see what happens.
By June Perkins