I’m here Honey c’mon in, and grab a sweet tea. What do you think about the question?
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Tonight’s Question …is for artists of all disciplines
Q. Does your art imitate life, or is does life seem to be imitating art? For the 3rd time in a week, I’ve written a seemingly random work only to learn that a public and related thing had just occurred. Has that ever happened to you? Why do you think so?
Join me for *My PICKS*- my favorite things of the week, Poem 10, challenge update status, and more when I start writing at 8pm CST.
Meanwhile, “Like” and check in at http://facebook.com/lovemekanism/ where I’ll be posting upcoming events and happenings for friends of the project. Let me know if I missed something!
I had such a difficult time last week that I decided to start early! And I am so glad I did that. This week was absolutely amazing because I found so much great work. I have been sharing it everywhere. I’ve been inundated with inspiration, so I’m tinkering with another little blog where I can put the stuff that doesn’t fit neatly here (called I Love Mekanism – More Love, for now).
3. Nicholas Gagnier ‘s poem at Retcon Poet: Halitosis
Hey guess what y’all:
Love Mekanism Project turns1 Month Old
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I’m registered at… 😀 Kidding! But I just need any old reason to celebrate.
Flexible schedule so that I can still write as inspired, but you can expect these.
Sunday: Interact: Some time between 8-9:30pm CST
Tuesday: Nerd Words
Thursday: New Artist Challenge
Friday: “Quoting Myself”: New series will feature quotes from conversations I have had with others. I find that the stuff I leave around sometimes is pretty darn good! To just never share it or leave it in a comment thread some where would be a travesty. Now the following isn’t my quote, but it came from a conversation with Shawn Bird last night after I read her lovely short poem, Soap.
Writing Advice: Trimming Writing Down to a Short Poem
Comment convo between: talented poet, educator, author, and friend of the Project,
Sometimes you have to write yourself to the theme of the piece. One starts with a raw emotion and you just ramble and ramble until you reach your epiphany (hopefully). Once you’ve reached it though, instead of relating the whole journey, you can look for the key spots. Underline or circle great phrases or powerful words. Choose only the best. What are the key thoughts that lead the reader to your theme?
When you tell your friends about your vacation, you don’t tell them about every tree you saw. You have to pass them in order to get to your destination, but they’re not worth including in your ‘vacation story’ later on. You just pick the best moments to retell, and so it should be with a poem.
Print off the first draft (or a few copies!) Try cutting out all the adverbs adjectives (and adjective and adverbial phrases like articles and prepositional phrases). What’s left? Look at the verbs. Is each one powerful? What are your transitional words? Are you overusing your conjunctions? Play with your pencil, pruning pieces until you find perfection.
Thank you for this. Maybe I will try this one day, but I know now that this is not my style. The lot of what I write is very important to me, but I will get to this as a serious challenge at some point. I’ve copied and pasted in my notes. Thank you so much!
At different stages of our journey, poetry takes different forms, and our polishing takes different forms. You know what they say, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
Ladies and gentlemen!! Shawn Bird 🙂 And check out Poem 10: Hopeful Love Haiku
Watch for New Artist Challenge Page coming soon..
More details, rules that I kept in mind, and support related to Challenges. I understand that some are coming later and want to complete the ones I have on their own. Also the New Artist Challenge is becoming a series instead of a sporadic event!
Welp! It’s 10:30pm– not early morning writing for me. I have a long day, so I’m getting the hell outta here so I can calm down and think about Poem 10 🙂 It’s been a great day! Watch for it soon! Thanks for joining me!
UPDATE: Poem 10: Hopeful Love Haiku*
* …k, so I get that its a little nerdy of me to use the 12 English (syllables) is about 17 Japanese instead of just the 5-7-5 but whatcha want from me? I wrote a love poem with a server box reference 😉
- Interact with me Tonight 9 CST: Express Yourself Edition (lovemekanism.org)
- Interact Tonight with me 8:30CST (lovemekanism.org)
- 3 New Changes on Love Mekanism Project (lovemekanism.org)