Lost: Playing with Space & Length
Welcome Poetry Friday readers! This week, I am sharing a poem that sprang up while I was exploring some different ways to use space and line length.
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Invitation to Write:
Try having some fun with white space and line length in one of your poems. Notice how the changes in space and length influence the different aspects of your poem. How do the changes impact both the structure and the mood? Read your poem out loud, paying careful attention to your chosen syntax and line breaks. Rewrite if you choose, but be sure to save each draft! You might decide to take them out of the compost pile later and plant them in a new poem where they will grow just fine. Keep revising and rereading until your poem says to you, "I'm ready!"
4/13/2017 08:11:21 pm
This is a fascinating invitation - to be honest, as a poetry newbie, I've been intimidated to break out of the conventional line-by-line poetry mould I first learned in school so many years ago!
4/14/2017 09:21:39 am
I like the way the white space and the one word announces what's next, Kiesha, and "only life to consider here". I've read more than one poem connecting to nature today. It must be spring!
4/14/2017 07:00:43 pm
ooooooooooooooooh, I love your experimentation. I'm always impressed with non-traditional line breaks. I've played a bit but they just don't seem to come out as well as I like when I try....probably because reading the poem aloud is a must in this case. I especially like out here I am one: with the fields. Great visit this week.
4/15/2017 05:15:13 am
This poem is a breath of fresh air, a quiet moment, a meditation.
4/15/2017 07:52:36 am
I love playing with spacing and line breaks. It's my favorite part of revising poetry. Sometimes I use word processing, and sometimes even write out and cut apart words to manipulate them. I like how your poem creates such a peaceful feeling.
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