10 Contemporary Poets You Should Know

poetry… one of my sources of inspiration, plus it also feeds my muse… always looking for new poets to read, thanks

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Alex Dimitrov is a poet and man about town who works at the Academy of American Poets by day and hosts a “queer poetry salon” called Wilde Boys at night. We asked him to curate a list of his favorite poets who came of age a decade before him, in the weird and wonderful 1990s. He writes, “Happy National Poetry Month, everyone! Here are ten contemporary poets, among the many I read and admire, that you may get into this month. Most of them have a few books out and are poets who I, as a late 2000s poetry baby, grew up reading along with the so-called ‘classics.'”

The group Dimitrov chose is cosmopolitan, accomplished, and is perhaps younger than what we normally imagine our poets being. “I want you guys to know that not all poets are 105 years old and writing abstract dribble in some attic in New…

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Busy, Busy…

I am going to be so busy the next few days, moving countries between now and next week; packing up a house, moving my cats and then also my wife and I are packing our suitcases and jumping on that jet plane. We will get to our destination first, cats a few days later and our container of possessions within the next 4 to 6 weeks. I am going to miss blogging regularly over the next 7 to 14 days as I was just getting into my new writing routine.

My daily routine of writing, and my creative hours meant to be logged at my desk are going to fall by the wayside, but I will be keeping my notebooks with me (reverting to pen and paper – which I still prefer) and eventually within the next week or two play catch up here on the site. The positive is that I will then be setting up my new writing studio/office, complete with white boards and black boards for all my mind maps that I create when I write, plus a new calm and serene writing area, it will be very stimulating.

I am hoping to post a few completed haiku’s plus the completed short story “A Groom’s Tale”, until then please enjoy my other posts and feel free to comment or add your own Haiku’s.

Bon Voyage to you all

 

 

Linking Music to Writing

Music makes my world go round, as they say; and depending on my mood and what and where I am (and doing), I listen to different musical genres, music plays a role in my relaxation, work and exercise, so why not with my writing. This post is all about linking a theme song or a few songs to a particular piece of writing.

I am currently working on 2 pieces of literature, both fiction, the one piece is very closely linked to personal experience. Whilst mind-mapping the two “books” and also doing additional research, my thoughts kept going towards what music would assist me in my thinking process and then my mind went on one of its well known tangents … just ask my wife:)

If my books were a “movie” what would the title/theme song be, and what other music would be apart of the production.

I am not sure if this tangent is one of my ways of procrastinating (when I am supposed to be churning out my 1000 words a day) or another way to find further inspiration and motivation; which will allow me to explore the writing process at a deeper level. Let us just say for now, it is a way to find further inspiration, and if that is the case here are the songs that I would intertwine with the respective projects that I am currently immersed in:

Triage:

Theme Song:

Pay in Blood – Bob Dylan (Tempest) very dark song

During the Movie/Book as a refrain:

Shine on you Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd (Wish you were here)

Closing Credits:

To One in Paradise – The Alan Parsons Project (Tales of Mystery and Imagination)

10 Years After:

Theme Song:

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong (its a powerful uplifting song but if you have watched how it is used in “Good Morning Vietnam”…then that is the feel I am gong for here… the juxtaposition of the feel good with the evil that men do)

During the movie/book as a refrain:

Cavatina – John Williams (theme song from the Deer Hunter)

Closing Credits:

I Talk to the Wind – King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King)

Well that’s my brief overview of words, music and inspiration, I would love to hear from others out there if you have explored similar avenues when looking for further inspiration when sitting down too transfer the thoughts from your muse to paper.

the Haiku Challenge

Haiku has been called “unfinished” poetry because each one requires the reader to finish it in his/her heart.

Unlike Western poems, haiku generally don’t rhyme.

Haiku poets may write poems that are just a short fragment with three or fewer words.

Try writing a “mini-haiku” with 3–5–3 syllables.

Draft and redraft every poem until the meaning is perfectly expressed.

Haiku are about moments of objective experience, not subjective interpretation or analysis of those events.

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let the challenge begin 🙂

Thoughts on feeding ones muse/daemon/genius

What is the best “diet”to feed ones muse…

Reading other writers works, poetry and texts on creativity and inspiration

Playing word association games; write the first word that comes into your mind and then try and associate other words/phrases to that word… and then just writing/journalling

Must return to this as I move forward in this adventure

 

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Books on writing and creativity..

Purchasing a few books to aid me in my creativity…and writing output, looking forward to them arriving at my new writing studio in SA.

Songwriters on Songwriting (Paperback, 4th Revised edition) by Paul Zollo

The War of Art – Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Paperback)  by Steven Pressfield

The Elements of Style (Paperback, 4 Revised ed of US ed)  by William I. Strunk

and then one to push my creative boundaries:

Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities – My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions (Hardcover)  by Guillermo Del Toro