My poetic adventure in 2023 will be similar to how I started in 2022, with a slight variation. Starting with the letter A, I will try to explore several poetry styles. This journey in poetry writing started two years ago when I strongly desired to learn more about reading and writing poetry. Black Out Poems became my obsession at the end of 2022. I promise to be a little more diverse this year. I start in 2023 by writing an “Ars Poetic” verse style. This form of poetry can be translated from Latin as “The Art of Poetry,” I titled this poem The Notebook.
How does “Ars Poetic?” relate to The Notebook
Horace started this tradition somewhere around 13 B.C.E. This form of poetry is simply writing a poem about writing a poem. It expresses how the poet feels when engaged in the writing process, examining the poet’s relationship to the poem. There are no rules about meter or rhythm. Writing this form of poetry should be a fun experience.
Note: I decided to tackle my “Ars Poetic” poems by writing them in a series of poems without any rules of meter and rhythm. The subject matter concerns what I could write about if I chose to write about the subject matter.
The Notebook Mama gave us a dime at the store My brothers bought two shiny red cars To play with on my uncle’s cold wooden floor Me, I bought two pencils and a blue notebook I couldn’t wait to get back to the house A story lurked in the back of my mind Waiting for my fingers to spill it out On a white sheet of paper with thick black lead All afternoon I was quiet as a mouse I couldn’t ask for anything more Then scrolling through squiggly lines, only I could decipher Mama told me to slow down But the words exploded inside of me Like a bubbling out-of-control geyser Spilling hot and heavy onto the page I guess I could write about that Like notes sung by a little bird Letter upon letter Word upon word Line upon line Stanza upon stanza This poem is for me to create and define
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