I’ve decided to share
a new poem I was recently inspired to write. I hope you enjoy it.
For more of my work, please feel free to check out my poetry books and other publications.
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.
for it’s hard edge and abrasive content. The themes routinely reflect the struggles of youth living in impoverished communities and the challenges of urban life. You might very well have any number of words or terms you may use to describe this style of music but “poetry” probably isn’t even close to the first thing to come to mind.
But, if we trace back the history of this genre, which is commonly said to have officially begun with the song “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang back in 1979, the acronym that is RAP might surprise you.
RAP stands for Rhythm And Poetry!
The Sugarhill Gang
As mentioned in my last post Unobtainable (A Poem), I have also written a piece that sort of goes along with that work. This is that poem, by me, Jason Greiner for your reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy it.
Unnoticed walking among the crowds
Capturing the gaze of just a few
Simple in their presence
And yet inviting all the same
Not spotless on the surface
Nor even deep beneath
But affable always
And never less than sweet
While the superficial may allude her
True depth is a great friend
And the essence she exudes
Is not easy to forget
Her appeal is far from ordinary
So much more than what we see
Her nature is alluring
Everyday beautiful and free
I was inspired to write this poem, as well as what I am calling its sister piece entitled “Everyday Beautiful,” which will appear in another post in the not to distant future, based on life-long experiences that have recently come into play once again. Perhaps I’ll include it in my next poetry book. Please enjoy.
More surreal than real
And like a dream
The essence of flawlessness
At least in visual symmetry and form
Like a fresh, unpolluted snowfall
And eyes so mystical
With an enchanting lustrous glow
Sweet flowing lines
From head to toe
Like the many muses
Of Newton and Unwerth
Who is this man to her
But a speck of sand upon a beach?
Perhaps a fleeting thought gone by
But surely nothing more
Far off in the distance
Ever out of reach
Never to be held
Unobtainable is she
I have often though that I got my photographic and visual artistic talents from my mother and my writing talent from my father. However, once in a while they each impress me with the skill set I often associate with the other. This poem, written by my mother during a road trip to visit my brother living three states away, is one such example.
While it is a raw version without any edits or separation of stanzas, I thought it was quite good, especially in terms of the vivid imagery. Check it out and enjoy.
Untitled – A Poem by Lisa Greiner
I was in a dream one morn’
As a passenger through someone’s life.
In the distance,
through the waves of green
rose puffs of white mist to the heavens
like smoke signals from Mother Nature to the divine
a blanket of soft grays moved overhead
that gave no more mention of warmth or light
and my face was bathed in nature’s shower.
What a journey someone else’s life can be.
The day will bring perhaps more gray
more dew to my thirsting skin.
A life bursting with the newness of spring
warmth and light
a dream to end.
Tomorrow I will journey again
but not in a dream.
No matter what professional or recreational activities we may engage in, at some point, we’re all going to be off of our game. A surgeon may struggle with shaky hands, a public speaker may slip into a bit of a stutter, or any other number of samples can apply. But in many cases, these problems are more mental than they are physical.
One of the most notorious examples in the world of literature is that pesky little condition known as writers block.
But as I can suggest by personal experience, there is really only one reliable way to deal with it and overcome this problem – writing through it.
Whether you are a sports fan or not, the easiest way to explain what I mean is through the world or athletics. Let’s take baseball. Even the best and most productive hitters in the game fall into a slump from time to time. During those slumps a pitch that they might normally knock right out of the park might send them to the bench as a victim of a strikeout. And worse yet, it keeps happening over and over again. But how does the hitter finally break out of the slump? He keeps hacking away until he succeeds and gets back into his typical rhythm.
The same approach should and must be taken when you find yourself in a state of writer’s block.
Here are two practical ways to do so:
1. Write for the sake or writing during a case of block. Just keep going despite the quality. This is essentially exercise and nobody ever even has to see what you write.
2. Use the condition as inspiration. Yes, write something, anything, about writer’s block. A few yea’s back I had a poetry assignment I had to write for a class and just couldn’t get going. So, I decided to write the poem about the need to be inspired. In the end, I got an A.
In the end, when you take the time to work through the frustration, things will work out just fine.
So as you may or may not know, my educational background is in the literary arts. And in 2006, a few years after graduating from college, I wrote my first book. Since then, I have added three more to that list. However, the newest isn’t a literary work but rather a visual showcase of artistic photography. And the next one will be an SEO guide.
I’d like to that this posting opportunity to provide a little detail on each of my books, starting with the most recent.
A yet untitled SEO guide for simple and effective website promotion.
This is a visual piece focused on my work with model photography and showcasing several creative images built around the art.
“Making Beautiful Photography: A Guide for the Novice and the Enthusiast”
This publication (available in e-book format only) seeks to help those who have a passion for digital photography by offering basic photography tips and tricks that are sure to improve anyone’s understanding of this visual art.
“Shadows and Shade”
This book centers on the emotions and circumstances that we all come to experience at some point in our lives.
In the amalgamation of three sections, the reader will be taken on a journey through the stages of life, the daily challenges of our world and the mysteries of our very own minds.
Last month, Creative Dreamers started encouraged our readers to vote for your favorite blogs to earn the honor of the first ever “Creative Dreamers Blog Awards.”
Well, our readers have spoken and now it;s time for the results.
Blog Awards by category:
Favorite Photography Blog
Favorite Poetry Blog
Favorite Visual Design or Layout on a Blog
Favorite General Arts Blog
Favorite Drawing Blog
Favorite Subculture and Body Art Blog
Favorite Music or Video Blog
Congratulations to all of our winners. Please fell free to brag about your accomplishments after all, our readers already have.