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Dee
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0 posted 10-13-2000 05:59 AM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

This is the first time I have had a lot to do with a lot of poets and I would like to ask you all a question ...... or two. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the poetry "comunity" and I figure this is one way to do it.
How do you see your muse? Like a guiding spirit, a being of lore, or something more tangable - flesh and blood? Would you be prepared to tell me about them, or if not, would you tell me why not?
Either posting to #10 or private email is fine by me. I would love to hear your stories.
Thanks all,
Dee



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Irish Rose
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1 posted 10-16-2000 07:48 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

I love this question!  Yes, I feel a muse is a very real, tangible force although I'm not certain how to describe it. I believe it is the metaphor.   To me, it isn't always there, it only comes in times of stark vulnerability and honesty from my soul.  That is where it lives and that is where it breathes words.  Sometimes I feel it is resting, just below the surface, allowing me to experience, inhale, renew, and perhaps learn that others words are just as important, if not more important than mine for a time, and that I should allow them to filter in and refresh my spirit.

My muse drifts over me, awakens me, like ardrenlin, surging through me, and propels me into writing, a line here, a word there, until I feel the electricity of the meaning and I blend it all together.  I feel a good metaphor is most definitely something no writer can do without.  I feel it is the soul of a poet.

To me, my muse is the metaphor, a very real part of my soul that allows me to compare one thing to another, and my deepest wish is express the ordinary into the extraordinary.


Kathleen






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Dee
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2 posted 10-18-2000 05:27 AM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

Thanks Kathleen, I don't really know much about muses so I would love to learn more. I know my inspiration comes from friends and events in my life, but have never really thought about the concept of a muse until so many spoke of it here. I hope I can learn a lot from you all.
Dee
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3 posted 10-20-2000 06:21 PM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

Bump
brian madden
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4 posted 10-22-2000 07:01 AM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

I am interested in this challenge, and when my muse gets into action she can help me write a poem about herself. I must agree with Kathleen, my muse used to be drawn from my experiences in life and that muse still exists though in a smaller way than before. I guess one of my muses is curiosity, questioing everything and searching exploring the depths of myself and of humanity. My second muse is one in the flesh, a person, who has inspired many new things in me and helped me feel new emotions. I have begun the poem and will probably post it next week. Bumping up this great challenge.    



"an afixiation a fix on anything the line of life the limb of a tree
the hands of he and the promise that s/he is blessed among women".
Patti Smith
Marge Tindal
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5 posted 10-22-2000 04:44 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Dee~
Well, I don't know where they come from
but I do know that my muses have distinct personalities.
They are numerous and I've taken the time to
name them, as they come to me.

Camilla - muse of nature
Poppie - muse of my laughter
SkyeLara - muse of my Native Cherokee
Sasha - muse of memory and family
Mona - muse of the car and romantic song
Destin - muse of historic events
Meona - muse of sadness of others
Callie - muse of mushy love poems
Kirstin - muse of teenage days
Cassandra - muse of the blues
Sliter, Twiter and Tambra - kitchen cabinet muses of surprise
(yes, there's three of them)

I think that for me there is a difference in the inspiration
that I get from another poet
and the pieces that are from my muses.

For me - the muse(s) delivers the entire piece,
almost without pausing to see if I'm keeping up.

I have a (favorite) muse who rides in my car.
There are those who might giggle at this notion,
but she's as real as the words you're reading right now.

Sometimes the muses deliver a piece to my fingertips
that flourishes to the page and is
quite done before I realize I've written it.

None of the muses seem to invade the others space.
But they can get quite insistent
if and when I have a tendency to ignore them.

I've been known to lease/loan one out on occasion
with outstanding results from the borrower.
So ... don't ask me to explain them ...
just know that I'm thankful for them.

What an interesting topic.
I will look forward to the replies from others.
~*Marge*~


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Romy
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6 posted 10-22-2000 10:06 PM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

My muse often wakes me in the night and drags me out of a deep sleep towards my computer!

Dee
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7 posted 10-23-2000 06:13 AM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

Thanks guys! I hadn't really thought too much about the question myself until I started reading some of your answers. I still don't know my answer yet. I do know that Auguste has a bit to do with it.

Dee
Tara Simms
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8 posted 10-24-2000 12:21 AM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Great question!  I'd never really thought of it before.  There are times when my muse is flesh and blood.  There have been two special men in my life who inspired me to write on a very regular basis.  Almost as if the creative energy were flowing from them with every touch or glance.  

Marge, I had to laugh when reading your list of muses.  In my binder which I keep of all my writings, I've categorized my poetry.  Not alphebetically or by mood, but by inspiration.  Poems written for my students are in one section, poems for lovers in another, for my family in yet another.  I'd never taken the time to consider I had a separate muse for each.  What an interesting way to look at it!
 
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