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.

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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.

Love: Lost and Found by Pamela Beckford

Love Lost and FoundLove: Lost and Found by Pamela Beckford

Description from Goodreads

Love: Lost and Found is filled with poems reflecting the phases of love. There are poems of longing and pain and poems of exhilaration and joy. A collection of over 90 poems representing over 10 different forms of poetry (including descriptions of those forms).

I gave this book five stars out of five

My thoughts:

Pamela Beckford’s latest collection of love poetry, ‘Love: Lost and Found’, is a veritable treasure chest of gems.

I enjoyed this volume immensely. There was an incredible depth of passion evident, and the wide variety of styles and techniques just added to the view that love is a multi-faceted emotion, as evoked by the content of the poems themselves.

I would recommend this to anyone, whether or not you usually read poetry. There will be something in here for you even if you do not consider yourself a ‘poetry reader’.

Love: Lost and Found is now available on Kindle!

Check out Pam’s wonderful new poetry collection, Love: Lost and Found. I have, and found it to be a treasure trove of truly heartfelt love poetry. You will find gems galore inside.

Poetry by Pamela

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I’m thrilled to announce that my new book is now available on Kindle. There are over 90 poems representing over ten different forms of poetry. Filled with angst and longing, as well as exhilaration and joy. Love: Lost and Found is sure to please lovers.

Only $1.99 and ready to 1-click today. Spread the word, buy the book, write a review. But mostly, enjoy the variety of poems of love.

Pamela Beckford began writing poetry just one year ago. She has delved into various forms and enjoys painting pictures with words. An avid reader, writing has been a great creative release for Pamela.

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Blog Tour: Dreams of Love by Pamela

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Description: Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life. Her poetry comes from the heart, not the head. It is an outpouring of emotion and she exposes it to reader in the pages.

Various poetry forms are explored: free verse, tanka (5-7-5-7-7), doidotsu (7-7-7-5) and etheree (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10).

Dreams of Love

Dreams of you and me
Together in ev’ry way
Your lips pressed to mine
Assuring me of your love
Dreams of love eternally

Purchase here!

pamelaPamela began writing poetry in just the last year. She is a nonprofit executive by day and spends her hours trying to be sure that everyone has a chance for a good life. Pamela is passionate about her job and it spills over into her writing. Dreams of Love is her debut poetry collection. Pamela feels that poetry can be very personal but invites you into her soul as you read her poems.

 

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Dreams of Love

Check out Pamela’s beautiful collection of love poems ‘Dreams of Love’.

Dreams of Love

Get it here on amazon.com or, if you are in rainy old England then for the low price of only 77p you can be the proud owner of this awesome collection of poetry by heading on over to here on amazon.co.uk

It will be well worth your time to head on over to Pam’s blog here for more examples of her work and to find out a bit about this great writer.