Savoy, ILUSA 61874
July 2, 2014
To learn more of the technical aspect of poetry. I am widely read and my knowledge of poetry has been totally formed by reading. I would like to expand my range, to go beyond the nature poems I currently seem stuck in.
I'm unsure when it was written but the most wonderful poem I read this year is "A flock of little boats" by Samuel Menashe. Neglected Masters Award from The Poetry Foundation published by Library of America. Also from the same publisher, same series: "Swifts" by Anne Stevenson (which has prompted several imitations by me). No one can imitate Menashe!
The poet I would most like to emulate is William Blake. My current favorite living poet, at the moment, would be Anne Stevenson (though at her age  I cannot imagine saying that for much longer).
I tend to write in verse of irregular lengths. I cannot escape meter, but I find I cannot rhyme without becoming trite! I would like to try to produce prose poems without slipping into short stories (which is what seems to happen to date!).
Old, and getting older every moment. Music is my life's blood. My poetry tends to be lyric also. I lived in England for a couple of years in the early 70's and my writing style was greatly formed there (also my odd sense of humor!)
Good solid group support. We're getting comfortable with each other and the comments are well-meant and useful. Best thing I've joined in a long while!