Poetry Techniques


A crayon and a piece of paper.
A moment of stillness and a wealth of opportunity.

But what message to be emblazoned across this untouched landscape?

What theme to be scribbled and then smoothed into easy words?

What revelation to be rhymed and measured to fit?

For this is a poet’s work. To name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”*

But this is not why I have come. No poet I.

I am here trying to make sense of all that I feel; wrestling my thoughts to the page until the words are of a similar agony.

This is my hourglass: a way of marking the passing time and a record of my responses to things within and without my self.
And the purpose of my writing is three-fold.
The first is in reflection: that I may reach a place of understanding why I can accept some truths and not others; of being comfortable enough with my theories and suspicions to state them clearly and with discussion.
The second is in release: that I may have a place to take my anger and hurt. To explore the dark recesses of my emotions until they are spent; or at the least, tame and manageable enough for me to view them without being damaged by their heat.
And the last?
Well this is by way of being my confession: these few lines that I have scribbled in the dirt are my way of being answerable for my thoughts and actions. So that when I reach that point of having changed beyond all recognition, I will have a means of tracing back the paths and threads that brought me to the still point.
But today I will return the paper – unmarked.
The crayon – still warm from my hand.
I will not script nor paint,
I will not make anything today.
* Extract taken from “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie.


SO TELL ME: What do you think of this piece? And what are YOUR thoughts on the role of the poet as defined by Mr. Rushdie?

  • Did it engage you?
  • Does the meaning come across? Are there any images or lines you don’t understand or find unclear?
  • Are there obvious errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar?
  • Do you have any suggestions for revision?

Please be brutally honest in your assessments – good, bad or indifferent.
I don’t scare easily; and I really do want to hear what YOU have to say about my work.

Many thanks in advance for your time and your criticism.

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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.

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