Year of Poetry Update - Week 10
One day's work this week and a my total hours came up just shy of last week's effort.
Obstacles this week have been me sleeping in and starting late. Though I seem to have been more productive having finished two poems.
The past two weeks have seen me experiment with the sonnet form reworking some older poems that I think benefited from being condensed and this week I wrote a poem for family that I probably won't send out for publication but which I am reasonably proud of from a technical standpoint.
This week's study comprised of TS Eliot's 1920 essay: Tradition and the Individual Talent, and Jane Hirsfield's essays on artistic concentration and originality from Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. There was interesting crossover or perhaps I should continuity from the Eliot essay to Hirshfield's on originality.
I also sent out a poem this week to a paying market and received a nice rejection letter for one of last weeks submissions
My close readings were: The Consent by Howard Nemerov, Like Holderlin by Rosemarie Waldrop and The Scarborough Grace by Michael Lista. I particularly like the sci-fi/horror connotations in the Nemerov, the mirroring that occurs in the Waldrop and the shift from observational to epiphanic in the Lista.
Next week's poetry exercise is to rework a fairytale or some other culturally significant story into narrative couplets.
For the Statbadgers:
Total time: 14:27 (170:04) hrs
poem writing = 6:55 (66:13) hrs
close reading = 3:05(38:47) hrs
technique/theory 4:45 (40:28) hrs
reflection = 0:58 (14:02) hrs
2 (15) poems completed
1 poem abandoned
1 (11 in total) poems
1 (2) poem