What makes good poetry?
If someone was to ask this question to a crowd of people, that person would probably receive any number of different answers. But in my personal opinion as the author of poetry books, considering the fact that poetry is an art, who is to say what makes one piece good as opposed to another not? Like any art form, it is highly subjective.
But with that being the case, I do believe that there are a few things any poet can do in order to make the best of their own work.
1. Be inspired -
If you don’t have some sort of inspiration behind your work, the result won’t be as satisfying as if you do. While in other forms of writing you can simply just jump into it, this is not the case with poetry.
2. Express emotion -
Letting your emotion pour out onto a page is very important in this particular form of literature.
3. Let if flow -
The flow of the words in your poetry is also very important. The more natural and compelling the flow of the words, the better your writing will end up.
If I could reach up to the stars
I would pull them down to our feet
So we could walk among the skies
Ever so light and free
A new piece from Jason Greiner author of two poetry books “Wishing Wells” and “Shadows and Shade.”
We live within routine
Straying only when by force
Then reluctantly we walk
On paths fresh and new
But let one split second tear
And rip at our souls
To open our closed eyes
To an illuminating new truth
Death is death
And blood is blood
Which both in time will come
Taking hold of all
So before life fades
We mustn’t hesitate
To truly come to live
To see, to laugh, to love
Before our frailty does show through
Another piece from “Shadows and Shade,” one of the two poetry books by author and photographer Jason Greiner
A poem by Darakhshan Takmeel
To be in love, you must feel pain
Pain of loving, of having loved and lost
Lost in the galaxy of glittering delights
Delights that delight and never last.
Last summer rain on your garden
Garden of blossoming feelings, memories
Memories of a night well spent
Spent listening to the rain on the trees.
Trees that witnessed your times together
Together under the Banyan’s shade
Shade of happy, peaceful times
Times you sat together and prayed.
Prayed for each other with one another
Another day, another gift to cherish
Cherish the touch of the sun in winter
Winter chills when the greens perish.
Perish in pain like a dry river
River of sorrow when having to lose
Lose direction and stance, beyond control
Control your emotions and having to choose.
Choose between the future and today
Today that looks like a brilliant joy
Joy that will end with a tear someday
Someday that would do this, by and by.
By losing what you let go once
Once the blemish is on your being
Being an enhanced jewel on you
You will learn again, to love and sing.
Darakhshan is the poetic mind behind the amazing blog Introspections of my soul .
In body, mind and soul
So much to desire
To wish to crave and hold
But, no matter how
Our connection grows
A cold biology tells me
It can never be so
We are who we are
And will always be
Born to love deep
But just differently
I ache for you
But must let you live as you are
Even if that means
I can only admire from afar
This is another piece by Jason Greiner, the author of two poetry books.
Whether we like it or not, life is an ever evolving experience. And as a series of changes, it often evokes certain emotions.
Perhaps that’s why so many of the successful works of poetry are poems about life .
Sure people love to read poetic works about nature and mystery and all sort of other things but often the most intriguing focus on the human condition.
Think about it, what are your favorite poems?
I want to caress your body
As we lie in bed
Press my lips against yours
And then your forehead
Lying cheek to cheek
Let our hands wonder where the may
That’s it, that’s all
Simple as day
This is a short poem by author Jason Greiner who has thus far has written two poetry books.