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0 posted 04-08-2003 05:06 PM       View Profile for Marshalzu   Email Marshalzu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marshalzu's Home Page   View IP for Marshalzu

I was just saying the other day how reading a particular poet's book has really had an effect on me and my poetry, I even managed to capture some of the poet's technique, or I think so at least. So I am wondering two things, the first is have you read any particular poems/poet's work that you thought "that was cool" I have got to try that and secondly have you read any poetry books and thought, "I like that style/form/phrase, I just have to try it"?

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It's a large, long list, with names like Robert Frost, Billy Collins, James Merrill, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Mark Strand, Walt Whitman, plus lots of collections, anthologies and literary supplements.

To answer your second question, I was reading Billy Collins on the plane ride home from Las Vegas back in January, and immediately wrote "The Worst Cup of Coffee."

You can't help but be influenced by the voices you read. They sorta just get absorbed into you, until you don't realize the separate strains and inspirations anymore, and they all work to form one, unique voice -- yours.

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I happen to be a fan of poetry from the romantic era...

William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, to name a few... as for the influences, I'd say Keats had the most influence over me... and I recall "borrowing" the format of a Robert Browning poem.

Of course, Keats is my overall favourite... I fell in love with him while reading "I stood tip-toe upon a little hill..." that poem just blew my mind, I haven't thought of poetry the same way since.

God becomes as
we are that we
may be as he
is
~William Blake

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The littlest word or phrase from a poem can put so many ideas in my head, and I'll write a completely different poem from just that one word!
It's such a beautiful thing, the art of writing.

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Don't tell anyone this, but...

Reading poetry isn't tops on my list of favorite things to do...  

However, when I did an article on the BEAT era for the Passion's newsletter I kinda became enamoured with the Beat style... lot of my stuff reflects that style (just a tad here and there).

As for reading other poetry... my first book of poetry that I read cover to cover was "Visions on the Web", other than that I've read a smattering of Whitman, Dylan, and Boy George....

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Sure....it happeneds everyday when reading in here...I think when ever a writer reads anothers words and they are drawn to that persons style or technique our writing will be in some way, inspired by or influenced...
also music has that same effect on my poetry.
Then there is the classics that we usually were first exposed to in school...

The first poetry I remember reading that made me want to read more of that person was Frost, and then later Kipling..
and some guys named Shakespeare & Poe  

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I read the book "speak" and it made me write a poem by that name. I think it was just the strength of that word.

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In the Lord of the Rings, as well as The Hobbit, Tolkien writes some great poetry in his songs. The format and meter is simply inspiring.  

Leah

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I've read one of Frost, a bit of Chaucer, a bit of Shakespeare, and that's about it... I'll get to it hehe.
As a result, my style is my own. It's interesting lol

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I haven't read much, since now---but so far...EVERYTHING I've read, has inspired me in one way or another. But mostly, I've grown off of Reymond Benson's works. I know---it's not as earth-shattering as the other ones out there...but hey! He's an author!

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Robert Frost has had a big impact on me and how I look at poetry and at things in general. It's great how he uses nature to tell his parables...

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Outlive my love for Thee

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(sigh) I am heavily influenced by the works of many of the poets also mentioned, but moreover, I like to look at literature from all across the world, from Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Colombia, who is a marvelous writer, to a lot of Arabic tales and myths! I feel you only live once, so it is important and essential to get to know the world all around you, and not just in this particular nation.

Music too is a prime motivator to me! It helps me get the rhythm across, only I don't listen to popular artists when writing, I listen to instrumentals. I find if you have a pop song on, you tend to wamnt to write a poem with the same beat. If you go instrumental, it works much better!



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Yes.
To both.
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Well, forget the fact that he's a spanish poet, but Lorca...

And Nick Bantock's books are quite artistic and poetic, thus an inspiration for themes that may not come to mind...

Leah
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It would have to be Thomas Kinsella's Mirror in February, the first poem I could really relate to.

"Aboard a shipwreck train, give my umbrella to the rain dogs For I am a rain dog, too" Tom Waits


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I've tried makin poems like Emily Dickinson...but like her no one will these poems till I'm dead, lol.

As a style, I'm very flexible. I sway around from style to style, but my genre is fairly constant. No matter what form of writing it is, it's mostly about love and pain. maybe nature.

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Glad to hear I'm not the only one who likes Mark Strand...

It all depends on the mood. If I'm in a lovey-dovey mood, I'm reading Pablo Neruda or Richard Brautigan. Allen Ginsberg's good for any mood of mine, and there are a couple Diane Di Prima (Rant) and Amiri Baraka (Preface to a Twenty-volume Suicid Note) poems I go over again and again. A good musician/poet also in the beatnik vein is Patti Smith ("Go Rimbaud! Go Rimbaud!")

Emily Dickinson's always good, Gwendolyn Brooks (We Real Cool) and Lucille Clifton (Homage to my Hips) are also really good. Some other more obscure writers I love: Nicole Blackman, Daphne Gottlieb, Sarah Jones (Your Revolution is an amazing song/poem that has been banned by the FCC for no good reason other than that it has some very strong social criticisms of modern rap culture, it's really worth looking her up and downloading it), L.A. Ruocco (she's more of a performance artist, but her multi-media book "Document Zippo" influenced my writing very heavily for a very long time.)

Right, and I can't leave this thread without plugging Ani DiFranco. She's immensely talented. It's really worth it to listen to her.
 
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