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My Poetics [#11.1]
By john k zimmerman   
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Last edited: Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2005

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Some reflections upon the craft


Poetry is like prayer. For some it is prayer.

Poetry is like prayer in two senses: it is a daily exercise; and the more you do it the more poetry forms you. The purpose of prayer is not a shopping list of favors sought and graces desired. Nor is the purpose of prayer to add anything to the eternal. To be sure intercession and praise are part of prayer, we reach out to the eternal for aid, and we praise the eternal creator for our being, (at least in our western tradition). However, the true purpose of prayer is to form the believer in the image of the eternal.

So it is with poetry. The practice of poetry is not about the production of any one particular poem. Poems come and poems go, they succeed or fail as may be, but the practice of poetry goes on. The poet may write the same poem over and over again; writing about the same event, exploring the same themes connected to that event in several different poems. However, the process of writing those very similar poems forms the poet--turns the writer into a Poet.

The writer of verse and of poems writes, the poet sees. It is the seeing, the intuitive recognition of potential poems, that is the mark of a Poet. The writer, the beginning writer relies on “inspiration ", which we may define as external stimuli, the poet sees the poem in the situation and circumstances around him. The change from writer of poetry to poet comes about through the practice of poetry.

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Part 2 will look at the quest for ultimate reality through both prayer and poetry

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/15/2005
well done
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/14/2005
Interesting article, John, especially the last stanza!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/13/2005
" . . . a daily exercise; and the more you do it the more poetry forms you . . ." Exactly! I know this to be true. I never understood how powerful poety was until I had been involved with it(albiet my attempts are woefully inept) for some time. I found that certain traits in my personal life and thinking were being subjugated, to a point, by my poems. With the shameful risk that writers make, i.e., writing what they think people want to hear, I believe that one can shape his own morals and points of view by the continuous writing of poetry. No matter the age of the poet, me being one example of that. Good article. I didn't delve into the religous part of you article for a reason.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/13/2005
Thanks for sharing these brilliant articles John!!

Okay I need to go through them all...slipped up a few...auch!!

Love Tinka

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