Poetry from Pieces, Poetry from Experience - Walk Poems to Clear the Head, Soothe the Soul
Pay Attention to Details and Your Walk Poem will be More than a Catalogue
Poetry is a practice and one that can sustain you as a writer for your entire life. Like any art form, it takes repeated work, then stepping away, then work, then stepping away, in order to refine it.
- One of the simplest and best tips I ever heard was from a British poet named Deborah Richards (some links provided below), who was teaching in the United States for a short time. She advised to go back and focus on details once the initial draft was written. If you mentioned roses, for instance, give us some details about color, height, scent, location, or reason for writing about roses. What significance do they play in the poetic scenery? Are they just background? Or do they have a vivid piece of the puzzle to tell the reader?
- Another way to enjoy a poem is to read it aloud at least to oneself, to get the cadence, the rhythm down. Some poems "read" better silently, some read better verbally. Which type of poem is the one you're working on now?
Discarded Bits Becoming a Hub
We live in interesting times. In 2011, the east coast lived through Hurricane Irene. In 2012, Mother Nature did us one better, sharing her awesome and terrifying force via Hurricane Sandy. While Hurricane Sandy has done way more damage, Hurricane Irene impacted my neighborhood more. Afterwards, I took a walk around the neighborhood to review the damage. I felt relieved to have survived both hurricanes in safety, but both were frightening for me even though my city was spared, while others were tossed around like checkers on a board.
Walk poems are a specific form of poetry in which one walks and observes, and absorbs, then writes out about later. You can jot down bare bones ideas as you go and add details during the refining and editing process.
I have also included a link to another Hub article I wrote on getting started in poetry, called "Poetry - It's Not Just for Dreamers Anymore" as well as some other poetry links on Hub Pages.
Excerpt from "Neighborhood Watch"
Stepped outside to walk the ground, smooth-brown
strewn with withering, molded leaves when it finally stopped.
Like Key Largo it’s been raining heavily past four days.
And those kids they all played in the hurricane eerie calm dark at 1am.
Thought it was a game.
I watched them from the porch, blended into the eye...
Excerpt (c) 2011 by the author, aka Art Girl 27; published Jan. 2, 2013 on Hubpages.com. All rights reserved.
Clear the Head, Generate Creative Energey
While walking is a good form of gentle exercise, it is also a nice form of meditation. By really focusing on what your senses are experiencing (sights, sounds, smells, feelings, body sensations, external sensations such as wind, rain or even snow), one can find an unlimited source of material to write about. More and more, it's becoming a rare luxury for Americans to focus on just one thing at a time; we are expected and even required to multi-task until our brains fry and our bodies burn out.
Indeed burn out has become a common thing as we juggle jobs, family, shopping, cooking, cleaning and everything else that goes with post-modern living.
Walk poems, both the walking and writing parts, can be a good way to clear one's head and get centered; to listen to oneself, to renew and recharge.
I highly recommend this form of meditative expression (or, if you will, expressive meditation). I hope you enjoy walking and creating your very own walk poems.
Deborah Richards, Poet
- Last One Out: Deborah Richards: 9781930068216: Amazon.com: Books
Last One Out [Deborah Richards] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Poetry. African American Studies. Richards' diagrammatic readings of some classics in American cinema engage those ever present questions of race
- Poetry - It's Not Just for Dreamers Anymore
Here is a simple, fun and easy way to get started writing poetry! You'll be surprised and delighted at your observations and will notice things in a new light.
- Difference Between Freestyle, Free Verse, Traditional Poetry and Other Styles
There are many different forms and styles of poetry you can write - free verse, freestyle, traditional, acrostic, limerick, narrative, etc. Learn about them here...
- How to Write a Narrative Poem
A narrative poem is one that tells a story. It can be short or long. It can rhyme with a set pattern or without; it doesn't doesn't have to rhyme, though. It can have a set meter or be a little varied. Narrative poems don't follow too many rules,...
- Narrative Poetry: Rainy Day13
a poem that describes all the scents and tastes of not only today but also brings back memories of our time together at the winery in Augusta.
© 2013 Art Girl 27