So this weeks blog is a reblog from Ripple Poetry – a space where I share poetry, ideas for writing and editing it, and the work of other poets. The latest blog there was about what makes me read a poem. I’d love for you to share what makes you read a poem and any of the names of your favourite poets! In some parts of the world it is national poetry month. So to those readers I wish you a happy month of poetry but poetry can be for all seasons, places and times.
The first lines and opening must avoid cliché
and even better still intrigue and invite me
into the poem’s world.
It really mustn’t tell me how much love is like a rose.
If there is metaphor it needs to flow and extend naturally
and there are so many metaphors that have been overused
it might take some experiments to find something original
but too original than perhaps I won’t relate.
The poem could profound
I don’t mind having to do some work to understand
but if it totally confuses, leaves me lost,
then I am unlikely to read until the end.
Please don’t let it have an artifice of depth
but actually be a shallow pool.
It might leave me with a question, an impression, a mood, a challenge,
a pertinent observation and
a constant musing on its end.
I might want to read…
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