How to write about love

Writing About Love

Poets love to write about love, and death but that’s for another time. Love can be metaphoric and extremely painful to reread. If you are like me, writing within a haze, you will read things you’ve written and be just as shocked as everyone else at what is on the page. So, to lessen the blow here’s some tips for you:

1. Write your poetry as if it will be found when you die
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Feature: Hood Student reflects on his passion for Poetry

Today I met with a well-known student in the Hood College community, Jamone Davis. Jamone is a Senior majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. He is known for his inspiring and emotional poetry performances on campus and within the Frederick community, like his performance in the school’s talent show and his opening poem for March on Frederick.

He has been writing poetry since he was in the 6th grade and continues to write today for himself and the pleasure of performing. Like many of us writers, he writes to vent and to express himself through writing about life experiences that either he or the people around him have experienced.

“If I see someone going through something I write about it, what I feel I write,” Davis said.

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Breaking the rules: Slam Poetry & How to write about people

One thing that I love about poetry is breaking the rules of society. Whether it be: talking about people, criticizing politics, talking about things other people avoid like sex, drugs, failure, parents etc cetera.

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This kind of poetry is usually written and performed in what is called “Slam Poetry.” Continue reading Breaking the rules: Slam Poetry & How to write about people

Popular types of Poetry

Recently, a friend came to me and said, “I think it’d be interesting to know where poetry came from and what kinds of poetry are most popular.” So I decided to investigate this the answer to these questions.  There is apparently not much to be said about poetry’s origin, sprouting from Greece. It is seemingly like every other form of art- recited/performed orally before eventually being written down.
As for the other part, the most popular poems, I was seriously surprised at what I found. I searched for most popular forms of poetry and used Google trends to compare them. I searched my favorite kinds first, Prose and Slam poetry. Neither one was in the top four. The most popular form of poetry is in fact a Limerick poem (followed by an ode, sonnet and a ballad). So, let’s go through these! Continue reading Popular types of Poetry

Poetry vs. Short Stories

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary says:

Poetry: Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emting on the creation of mood rather than plot.

Short Stories: An invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plotI think there is a serious argument here. I think that both Poetry and short stories are meant Continue reading Poetry vs. Short Stories

Poet of the Month: Robert M. Drake

Intro to segment:

I first heard of Robert M. Drake on Instagram because many celebrities follow him and repost his poems on their own profiles. He is a published poet, living in Miami, Florida, of a new book called “Beautiful Chaos.” I’ve tried to find his poetry other places online (other than Instagram) and have been unsuccessful. If you’d like to follow him, his instagram name is @rmdrk. (You don’t need to have an instagram account to view his profile)

Robert M. Drake’s style:

Robert is an elusive writer of both personal and general human observations. He writes Continue reading Poet of the Month: Robert M. Drake

EMPHASIZING is your friend

One of the creative powers in writing poetry is emphasizing the important messages within the work you’ve created.  There are many ways to emphasize your poetry, the most common and most recognizable way to give emphasis is through repetition. However there are other ways to emphasize without any repetition at all.  Here are some ways to emphasize your poetry:

Repetition
There are many ways you can incorporate repetition into your poetry. You can repeat singular words over and over again within the text or you could repeat specific sentences. I, personally, enjoy repeating sentences by starting and ending my poems with the same sentence. In using the same sentence to start and end the poem, you’re giving emphasis to the journey between the two points and showing the reader how the situation has changed.

For example, I wrote this a couple days ago. Notice the repetition of the first and last lines. Continue reading EMPHASIZING is your friend