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Paul Wilson
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0 posted 03-27-2011 10:58 AM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson


Could someone please give me ideas on how to get my muse motivated. It's been about a year since I wrote my last poem. Seems like when I try, there is nothing within my heart & soul to write about.
Before I had a lot of sorrow and saddness in my life and writing was easy. I just wrote what I was feeling. Now I am happy and life is good so I have nothing to write about.
ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED...Paul

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1 posted 03-27-2011 07:25 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Have you tried writing a narrative style poem from someone else's point of view? It doesn't even have to be a person. Choose an object, and let it tell you the story. (Clothing tends to work for me--shoes, hats, etc.)

I used to just choose something on the wall. (I collect wood-carved masks, so that was easy.)

Or you could write about your journey from being sad to now.

But as much as I miss your poetry, if happiness gives you writer's block, then I'll find beauty in your silence.

It's good to see you, Paullie.
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2 posted 03-28-2011 09:33 AM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Serenity... Thanks for the idea's. A long time ago Poet Devine posted a picture on here and asked us to write what it meant to us and I loved the challenge. Pictures, maybe thats the clue. I usually need to be alone with just me & the computer most of the time when I write cause I get distracted real easy.
Hopefully I can post a poem before long...Paul

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3 posted 03-28-2011 10:30 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Hi Paul,

This happened to me a year or so ago and I am finally feeling like I am getting on my feet again.  One thing that was a life saver to me was working in the Poetry Workshop.  I concentrated on form rather than inspiration. Also, I have been going through poems from years ago and doing some rewriting.  As I do all this, I still feel like I am writing and beng creative ~ and now I feel the desire to write again.

Hope this helps a bit  I think I'll try serenity's suggestion too.

Alison
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Hey Paul,

        This is an Exercise from the late Jim Simmerman which tends to help people come up with pretty good poems.  I was able to publish some from the exercise, and a number of other folks have as well; it sets loose a lot of goofy creativity.

     To get a more exact form of it, google Jim Simmerman, but here's the version I typed up:


1
TWENTY LITTLE POETRY PROJECTS

         (Jim Simmermanís exercise)


1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each. of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.


4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name (You'll have to go the the google site for the rest of this project)
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.


7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.

8. Use a word (slang?) you've never seen in a poem.

9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.


10. Use a piece of "talk" you've actually heard (preferably
in dialect and/or which you don't understand).


11.Create a metaphor using the following construc-
tion: "The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract
noun) . . ."
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual
associative qualities.
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do some-
thing he/she could not do in "real life."
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.



15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem
. seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a nonhuman object say or do something human
(personification).


20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that "echoes" an image from earlier in the poem.

Have a ball with it, and approach it with as much of a sense of playfulness as you can.  Make whatever revisions seem to work best for you, so that it reads smoothly after you do your first draft.

Bob Kaven
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Allison...Thanks for the advise.
I might go back and try to rewrite some of my old poems, just to try and improve them, since my early writing is so crude. Thanks...Paul

Bob...I'll see what I can whip up. Thanks for the link and your ideas...Paul
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6 posted 04-11-2011 11:42 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Iqra!

(That is Arabic for "read")

Read, read, read!

Then come back and write!

 
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     Essorant is not only wise, but an eagle as well, which I had noticed only today.

     His question spurs me to ask, who are you reading?  What do you like about the people you are reading, and what do you dislike about them?

     If you tried the exercise I suggested, what did you think of it?  If not, what got in your way?
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8 posted 04-13-2011 01:34 AM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K



     I stand corrected.  Essorant is not an eagle.  Paul Wilson is the eagle.  Essorant is purely Being.
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Paul, my friend.

Watch this...

It may provide some needed motivation!

http://www.ustream.tv/DECORAHEAGLES  
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10 posted 04-13-2011 02:12 PM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K



     Sunshine, I like the eagles.  There was a bit of a high wind when I watched, so it looked very cold indeed.  It was a good leap, from eagles to eagles, and I took a lot of pleasure in it.
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11 posted 04-13-2011 06:15 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Bob K...Really pressed for time the last few days, so I haven't gotten around to trying any of your ideas yet...Paul

Essorant...I will try when I get time to read. My world just needs to slow down a little bit, so I can have time to really get serrious about my writting. Thanks for the idea...Paul



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