Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ah, poetry

I’d like to study poetry writing. Not reading, writing. I want to do that at the University of East Anglia, UK. I’ve been hearing about it for a long time and it sounds like the ideal place to go for creative writing.

I love this line from the UEA website- You have been writing poetry for long enough to know that it is a vital part of your life.” That is so true. It’s impossible to experience something moving and not want to transform it into a poem.

Being with others interested in writing, in a course that encourages writing day in and day out…that would do wonders for my development as a poet. Looking at one’s own work can be tough. One doesn’t know how to sharpen it. Getting feedback from mentors would be learning.

UK as an environment is conducive to poetry. The poets, the sheer diversity of writing that it is home to, is fodder for thought.

Today, brevity is again the soul of wit, with Twitter, Facebook et al. Imagism remixed. What is poetry but compressed intensity, as a professor called it? The world needs poets today, to interpret the influx of information we are deluged with.

Lyrical ones, so that set to music, their words can drown out the chatter of the internet. A course is one part of the equation. The other is what we bring to the course. Together, magic can ensue.

Poets have listeners today. Let’s give them something worth remembering.