Day 1 of the Poetic Proposal Blog Tour

So, today is the first day of the blog tour for ‘A Poetic Proposal’.

First up is Charles Yallowitz, to whom I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for taking part and kicking the tour off for us.

Charles is the author of the incredible fantasy series, ‘Legends of Windemere’. In fact the next instalment in this epic, ‘Curse of the Dark Wind’ is debuting on December 12th. Look out for it all over the blogosphere, and beyond.

Charles also maintains a fantastic blog with the same name, ‘Legends of Windemere’. Charles’ blog features an incredible quantity of interesting and useful posts. He is unstinting in his support of his fellow authors, posting all manner of promotional and informative items.

I suggest you go visit it immediately. Like now!

Thank you, Charles for your continued support and aid.

A Poetic Proposal Blog Tour Starts Tomorrow

So, following my post yesterday regarding the reasons ‘Why We Write Poetry’ – thanks to everyone that commented, there were some extremely insightful and interesting comments well worth checking out – I am back to the shameless plugging of my poetry collection.

As part of the release of ‘A Poetic Proposal’ there will be a short blog tour this week, taking in a few hops around some of the best blogs about. I do not want to say much now, but keep an eye out for the posts.

I would just like to give thanks in advance to everyone that volunteered to help with this. Your help is greatly appreciated.

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format.

A Poetic Proposal

 

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Why We Write Poetry

With the release of my poetry collection, ‘A Poetic Proposal’, I have been pondering, musing if you will, on why it is that we write poetry. Reflecting further upon what I consider a rather interesting question, I came up with a few reasons why it is that I like to write poetry.

We will get on to some of those thoughts shortly. I figured that there must be as many different reasons for writing poetry as there are poets out there. What is it that motivates us? Is every poet different or are there commonalities that can be observed? What is it that gave each of us that first initial spark, that push to write poetry?

Not satisfied with just my own thoughts and opinions I decided to garner those of some of my favourite, blogging poets to help me answer this question. It was very illuminating to discover why it is that each of them writes poetry.

Personally, I have always had a fondness for words, and for language in general, for puns, wordplay, and rhymes. I used to invent myriad little rhymes, couplets, and wordplays, but being the lewd Englishman many of them are not suitable for public consumption, not even here in the sanctity of this blog reserved for ‘Life, Literature, and Lewd Comments’.

I also enjoy the intellectual challenge of trying to convey my thoughts, feelings, emotions, in words.

I never really found that I had much to say in the past. Then one day, like a blinding light from the heavens above, I went and fell in love. It was as if my heart and soul exploded in a shower of coruscating light, an iridescence of bright, blinding colours, and just like that I suddenly had something to say.

There were a million raging emotions coursing through my head, trying to escape the confines of my mind, my heart, my soul. I now had a reason. A reason to write, to express myself to someone, to the woman that I love. I wanted her to know how I felt about her, for her to be able to experience the emotions that she excited within me. I am fully aware that mere words are insufficient to fully relate these emotions, but I want to do my utmost to convey these feelings to her, and also to others. To show the world how I feel.

So, that is me. My motivation for writing poetry, but what about some others. Below I have quoted the thoughts of three of my favourite poets, Dominic, Pamela, and Ellespeth. I heartily recommend reading their blogs and experiencing their poetry for yourselves.

‘I have written poetry since I was a pre-teen, primarily because I loved words, but also because I felt that I had something important to say, at least as much as any pre-teen boy could.  As a very shy person by nature, I was never comfortable speaking my thoughts and feelings verbally, though I was quite comfortable putting them on paper and I found poetry to be the perfect avenue.  I stopped writing poetry through much of my teenage and adult years up until a few years ago and from the first moment that I put pen to paper after this long absence it has almost become an addiction.  I guess in the end I write poetry for the sheer love of it.’Dominic DiFranceso, Black and Write

‘I think that writing poetry started as a way to get my feelings out of my heart and head. The longer I have written though I find that I need to write. Writing poetry has been a way to express myself. Poetry (at least the forms I use) forces me to be very intentional with my words.’Pamela Beckford, Poetry by Pamela

Despite her lovely words, Pamela prefers to use poetry, in this case a tanka, to express herself and has written this beautiful poem to help us understand better why she writes poetry.

Words and emotions
Entwine to express myself
Feelings are heartfelt
Words tumble out of my lips
Nothing can stop their free flow

and finally

‘The older I get, the clearer the answer becomes:  I write to honor life.  There are also moments when something I’ve been questioning is suddenly distilled into a very short poem – just enough words for my heart to manage then and there.  I used to kick myself for not keeping a journal.  Now I realize that my poetry is my journal.’Ellespeth, Views From A Poet

So there are, it seems, many varied reasons why we write poetry, and I am sure that we have not even scratched the surface here. I hope that this has given a little insight into the mind of the poet, whilst highlighting that there is no single answer to this question. Thank you so very much to Dominic, Pamela, and Ellespeth for taking the time to contribute.

If you have ever written poetry why not take a few minutes to reflect on why that is. What attracted you to poetry as a form? Was it a one off, or do you write poetry consistently? Do you write both poetry and prose, more of one than the other? Have a think and please share your thoughts in the comments. Add to the body of knowledge.

Excerpt 6 from ‘A Poetic Proposal’

So, here we are at the end. The end you say? The end of this weeks featured poems from, ‘A Poetic Proposal’, my collection of poetry dedicated to Ionia. Finally, I hear some of you gasp. Finally the end of reading poems that we have all seen on this blog before. Well of course. Did you think I was going to include those special ones that haven’t appeared here? Of course you didn’t. Those are reserved for readers of the book. Still, I hope that you have enjoyed the poems that have appeared here this week. Remember there are more of the same, and even some that haven’t appeared on the blog, in the book.

This poem appeared previously on the blog not so long ago in July 2014. As a bonus for your patience in reading these posts I have prepared a reading of this poem, one of my very favourites, for you.

You are my Heaven

 

 
Lost,
Consigned to hell,
Then free,
To find my heaven

Now,
In purgatory,
Soon free,
Inside my heaven

You freed me from hell, and became my heaven
Whilst purgatory keeps me, from being with you
When I escape this rock of our pain,
I shall join you, my love,
Together again

You are my heaven,
My heart, my soul,
Only together,
Shall we be whole.

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format. Stocking fillers! Don’t forget.

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Excerpt 5 from ‘A Poetic Proposal’

Another featured poem from, ‘A Poetic Proposal’, my collection of poetry dedicated to Ionia, as an hors d’ouvre to the poetry you can experience inside.

Again, this poem appeared previously on the blog, in May 2014.

Just To Be Here

Just to be here,
In this place,
To see the look,
Upon your face.

Just to be here,
The same time,
Separation,
Is such a crime.

Just to be here,
With my love,
Makes me believe,
In heaven above.

Just to be here,
With my girl,
Makes my heart,
Spin and whirl.

Just to be here,
Alone with you,
Is all I ever,
Want to do.

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format. Stocking fillers! Don’t forget.

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Excerpt 4 from ‘A Poetic Proposal’

As you will all know by now, assuming that you have been reading these posts, that as part of the release of ‘A Poetic Proposal’ I am going to be featuring a poem from the book, dedicated to Ionia, each day this week as a taster of the poetry you can experience inside.

This is one that first appeared on the blog back in June. I have amended it slightly as I preferred the sound of new line. See if you notice it.

Half a Lifetime

Half a lifetime
Spent alone
Not even knowing
I wasn’t alive

It only took a minute
To know this was right
And all of a sudden
I saw the light

Being with,
The one that you love
This is a gift,
From heaven above

Sometimes we cannot,
be together
When all we want,
is together forever

That day will come
I know in my heart,
We shall be together,
Never apart

I cannot express
in words alone
The depth of my love
And desire for you

I just want to spend,
The rest of my life
Right by your side,
With you as my wife.

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format. Stocking fillers! Don’t forget.

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Excerpt 3 from ‘A Poetic Proposal’

As part of the release of ‘A Poetic Proposal’ I am going to feature a poem from the book, dedicated to Ionia, each day as a taster of the poetry you can experience inside.

This poem works as a companion piece to ‘When I say Your Name’ featured in the first of this series of posts. I hope you enjoy it.

When you say my name

When you say my name,
My heart it skips a beat,
It fills my soul with joy,
It makes me feel complete.

When you say my name,
It takes my breath away,
Makes me believe in god,
And like I ought to pray.

When you say my name,
Whether Julian or Jules,
I know for you I’d break,
All the senseless rules.

When you say my name,
In your special way,
I know I want to be,
Right there, with you to stay.

When you say my name,
And I tell you, ‘I love you’,
I look towards that perfect day,
When we both shall say ‘I do’

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format. Stocking fillers! Don’t forget.

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Excerpt 2 from ‘A Poetic Proposal’

As I said yesterday, as part of the release of ‘A Poetic Proposal’ I am going to be featuring a poem from the book, dedicated to Ionia, each day this week as a taster of the delights you can experience inside.

This one is another personal favourite, although I guess they pretty much all are. This one has also been featured previously on the blog, along with audio, which I shall include here again.

On Gossamer Wings

butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 
On gossamer wings,
On gossamer wings,
My heart it flies to you.
To be together,
‘till the end of days
Is all that’s left to do.

Flying high,
‘cross the ocean blue,
To where it now belongs.
Cradled within,
A soul so true,
Amidst angelic song.

And soon now,
Oh, so very soon,
The body will be along.
To join the heart,
To fill the void,
Back where I belong.

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format.

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Blog Tour Volunteers Wanted

To mark the release of ‘A Poetic Proposal’, my poetry collection dedicated to, Ionia, I would like to have a small blog tour in a couple of weeks. I would really appreciate as many people signing up, in the comments below, as possible. Thank you to those that have already expressed an interest.

I will create a schedule, then provide the appropriate html and instructions for you to be able to simply copy and paste, then publish.

Thank you in advance.

Since I am still giddy about being able to express my love publicly for Ionia in a published work, here are the details again.

A Poetic Proposal

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Don’t forget, the paperbacks will make handy stocking fillers for friends and family this Christmas 🙂

Excerpt from ‘A Poetic Proposal’

As part of the release of ‘A Poetic Proposal’ I am going to feature a poem from the book, dedicated to Ionia, each day as a taster of the wonders you can experience inside. As a bonus I shall include the audio that appeared with this when previously posted on the blog.

The first up is one of my personal favourites, and also one of Pamela’s favourites, as revealed in her excellent review which you can see here.

When I say your name

heart

 

 

 

 

 


 
When I say your name,
And look upon your face,
That smile upon your lips,
Replete with heavenly grace

When I say your name,
A spark lights up your eyes,
My heart it soars so high,
It reaches to the skies

When I say your name,
And a glow envelops you
I can feel your love,
So deep, so pure, so true

When I say your name,
I’m filled with butterflies,
The greatest feeling ever,
No need to wonder why

When I say your name,
I add three perfect words,
I gaze into your eyes,
And say, ‘I love you, Ionia’

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format. The paperbacks make handy stocking fillers for loved ones at Christmas I am told.

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