Ideas that Inspire
I enjoy writing poetry. I will confess, however, I’ve never been published except for those poems included in the anthologies published by the university in my old home town.
I get my ideas from the experiences I’ve shared with the people in my life. Observing them. Listening to them and, yes, even touching them. Music is another source for ideas. The music from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s contains themes that can be expanded upon…and the lyrics rhyme for Pete’s sake. Why is rhyming poetry a thing of the past?
I also get ideas from reading poetry written by published authors. Since I’m originally from the Northeast, Robert Frost takes me back home with his descriptions of mother nature. And now, living in the Southeast, I’ve discovered edgy southern poets and their “Grit Lit”. the book Hard Lines: Rought South Poetry is a great read into the back door of southern culture.
At the Carolina Authors Network conference, coming in February 2019, I will be reading a few of my poems incorporating some of the ideas I’ve expressed above. Some serious. Some humorous. Some free verse. Some rhyming.
Hope to see you there.