I plan to continue my poetic adventure in 2023, 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 started 2023 by writing “Ars Poetic” verse style. This form of poetry can be translated from Latin as “The Art of Poetry,” I titled this poem Bad Advice.
How does “Ars Poetic?” relate to the poem Bad Advice
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.
Bad Advice He said, “Girls like you don’t go to college.” They get married, have babies, and work at the factory. Trapped in a dark tunnel with a narrow point of view I left his office with a certain knowledge There were some trees where the fruit hung high And there were only short ladders for me He could have been at least a little nice Geometry, my Achilles heel Sorting through the numbers and letters And never coming up with the right answer It’s not that I didn’t try To take his expert advice On a hot day under a May sun Thirty years later, I stood in cap and gown To receive my degree 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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