We had some discussion on the shoutbox in the past week about poetry, and I was surprised how many said they actually write or read poetry. Here I thought I was just an old fossil. After consulting the “the admin” it was agreed that we should start with a topic and if it grows really huge a larger section might be created. For the moment, I’d say just tack anything onto this one topic and that way we won’t miss it.
I’m curious to know what poetic forms interest you, how much poetry you generally write (in comparison to prose,) and whether or where you may have actually published any poems.
I’m rather old fashioned about forms. While I like reading free verse as much as anyone, I prefer to write in the traditional forms. Most particularly, I like the sonnet, but I’ve dabbled with other metrical rhyming structures. I’d like to try a real epic tale in rhyming couplets (Homeric style) or possibly the Teutonic alliterative verse style (like Beowulf.) I’ve been dabbling a bit with the alliterative lately.
I have notebooks full of verse dating all the way back to high school (somewhere) but haven’t done so much poetry in recent years. On the other hoof, I just got a poem onto QuarterReads last week, and I’m quite pleased with it. It’s even “furry” if you count reptiles as a legitimate part of the furry world, since it’s written from the viewpoint of a tortoise. And yes, though I’ve written probably hundreds of poems, that’s the first one I’ve ever published anywhere.
So, how about it, folks?