Day 4 of the Poetic Proposal Blog Tour.

So here we are at the mid-point of the ‘A Poetic Proposal’ blog tour, and today my sincere thanks go out to Randall C Willis for taking part and hosting .

Randy describes himself on his ‘Who is this guy?’ page as a writer, a photographer, a creator, and a distiller. I think we can add that he is a really fun, interesting, all round good guy to this list. He was also one of the first people that followed my blog, back in the day of its rebirth, and has been a valued friend ever since.

CREATEDBYRCW’ is the name of Randy’s blog and it is chock full of interesting posts about his writing, life, hockey, and some very cool photographs when he indulges his passion for photography. He has a great sense of humour which is apparent from his posts, and his extensive commenting. It is always great fun to respond to his posts and comments.

So, if you haven’t been to Randy’s blog before you should seriously do so, and if you have, then you know what I am talking about.

Thank you again, Randy, for being there and for featuring the ‘Poetic Proposal’ blog tour today, and for your continued support.

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Day 3 of the Poetic Proposal Blog Tour.

Today I would like to thank Teri Polen for taking part in the ‘A Poetic Proposal’ blog tour and doing me the honour of hosting today.

Teri maintains an awesome book related blog – the hint is in the title – called ‘Books and Such’. She posts numerous reviews, cover reveals, book releases, blog tours amongst myriad other book related topics.

I suggest that you go check out the wealth of information available at Teri’s blog, stopping at the ‘About Me’ page to find out a little more about its creator.

Please do take the time to visit Teri’s blog. At once! I shall see you there.

Thank you again Teri for taking the time to feature the ‘A Poetic Proposal’ blog tour today, and for your support.

Day 2 of the Poetic Proposal Blog Tour.

So, after yesterday’s flying start, next up on the vaunted ‘A Poetic Proposal’ blog tour is Pamela Beckford

As is only correct and proper, and just plain good manners, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Pamela for taking part. She has always been incredibly supportive and encouraging about my writing and also on a personal level, for which I am eternally grateful.

Pamela is a poet, and a very good one. In fact she is one of my favourites. Pamela has released a number of poetry collections, both alone, and in collaboration. I particularly like ‘Dreams of Love’. Check out this and her other published works here.

Pamela’s blog can be found at Poetry by Pamela. This is a great place to experience her beautiful works of poetry, and also to see everything else that she does to help promote others.

You should all visit her blog post haste!

Thank you again Pamela for taking part today and for your constant support.

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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