Thursday, August 25, 2011
WELCOME TO POETRY FRIDAY ROUNDUP!
Happy last Friday of August!
I guess I've had "roundup" on my mind this week... I've been working a horse-inspired quilt. And while I've been working, I've been thinking about poetry.
More specifically, I've been asking: What is the poem's object? What is it supposed to do?
This week, to the hum of the sewing machine, I came to this conclusion:
The poem's object is to BURST.
As Walt Whitman said in his poem "Beat, Drums! Beat!"
"Through the windows--through doors--burst like a ruthless force"
complete poem found here
This bursting is really just a variation on something I've written here before, about the poem "exploding the moment."
And it's sort of the same thing my friend Joan Broerman reported that Laurie Halse Anderson said in her keynote at SCBWI LA earlier this summer.
So: Burst. Explode. Disturb.
Anyone else noticing a theme here?? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic in comments. And don't forget to add your link below. Happy Poetry Friday, all!