Thoughts for the day: What’s in a poem?

I’ve been more focused on my fiction writing than my poetry of late, and have noticed myself revisiting old poems. While this may sound like an Introduction to Poetry & Literature 101, I still ask myself what’s in a poem? What makes it poetry rather than words and lines on a page? And how is it different than fiction?

Then there’s poetic prose. . .

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent discussing these and other questions with my poem-and-fiction-writing friends and colleagues or how many hours I’ve discussed this with myself.

Perhaps another question is what draws us to poetry, and once we’re there, what causes us to remain?

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  1. For me the words in poetry are each jewels that can be changed so much by how they are spoken. . .are they whispered, yelled, or sighed.


  2. Thank you for all your comments, Marcia. And yes, they are uttered in so many different ways!



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