A POET AND YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT - Self Discovery
Learning Something New....
So while spending time on a social site this morning someone posted "The first poems of 10 famous poets." Some of the famous names mentioned....Shelley, Plath, Shakespeare and a few others. A few of the poems had just a couple of lines but yet everyone knows their names. I thought for a second how my first one's were published in elementary school in Hollywood and then eventually in a local newspaper in my hometown. I think "Georgia On My Mind" was the title of one of them. I thought, Where the heck is everything?! Such a long time ago, but the point is a lot of these famous poets probably never knew how famous they would become. So many years later and many released collections and over time everyone remembers their names. Their work is highly respected and taught and discussed in all sorts of places. Some of these poets were geniuses and some were in a great deal of pain. Without reading bios on everyone of them, we can just google them and find out about them in a few sentences. Everything has become available to the public through the internet.
Where were these first poems found a long time ago anyway? In scribbled papers perhaps or notebooks with handwritten stuff in it? Did a relative find a long lost poem on a piece of old paper in an old shoebox? How did their whole "becoming famous" adventure begin? With the internet now, there will be no finding a lot of scribbled notes, lyrics or songs on paper. Maybe once in a while people will still write on a napkin at a diner, but as far as finding stuff of poets in this century, it's going to be tough. We have social groups where we all post our latest creation, we can feature our work on various websites and social sites. The playing field is a much different place nowadays. I guess there are only a few ways to be someone that people want to put on a list...publish lots of books of your work, come up with some great quotes, possibly win a few poetry prizes somewhere in the world, be published in well respected publications and universities and make some money on your work in some way or form. Oh yes, it does help to be "original."
I guess that is why I always gravitated to poets who are also musicians and writers. I wrote my first song with my little sister when I was eight or nine years old. I wrote poems all the time to deal with pain that I was going through at the time when my mother suddenly died and they did not offer therapy to children like they do now. I wrote poems to my early boyfriends and love letters too. Maybe they still have some of them? I have also written poems to very dear friends of mine throughout the years as well as close family members. They used to be given handwritten on paper but eventually they were printed off of my computer. One friend in high school actually took my poem and told her boyfriend she wrote it when they were going through hard times. She didn't know I saw the greeting card and I decided to just stay quiet. I mean the title didn't even have anything to do with her and she was having surgery. It was my life, but I guess she thought that she could not write better then me. So I just let it go.....
After being in various poetry groups, I have noticed that there are many different kinds of poets. There are the "purists" who are stuck pining after the old "traditional styles of poetry." There are the "forward thinkers" like me who see poetry in many different ways. To be honest I never read a lot of famous poets poetry like some people I know have. Ofcourse I have read some of their poetry but I never studied it at all. I feel that this will benefit me in the long run because everything I write is 100% "ME." I'm not trying to be like someone else or write like someone else. I see many poets writing the same sort of style over and over again and frankly I find it really boring. There are only a few I can name that are not famous yet that really get to me. Out of hundreds, I can really only remember a few names because something about them is not "traditional" and their words are very "now."
What makes a poet famous nowadays seems to come from their public platform. Quotes posted on social sites seem to bring attention to poets that someone may not be familiar with. I find the most interesting poets are the one's with an amazing "inner world" not just the words on the paper or virtual text form. The world is changing so much every day and all mediums are blending into new creations. When I see poetry "purists" critique a poem it comes across to me the same as "Bah hum bug."
I'm a poet and I didn't know it. Just like my late grandmother said. Funny thing, she loved poetry and she always loved my poems that were not traditional. Poetry purists remind me of one simple word. OLD.
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