I’m NOT a poet. Let me start by saying that. HOWEVER, I have an extreme respect for the way poets use words, gleaning the greatest amount of meaning from the fewest words possible. So, I’m taking the lessons of poetry to heart, as having at least a rudimentary mastery of the concepts will make me a stronger novelist.
In our last Nebraska Writers Workshop meeting, we talked about how a poem reveals a bit of the soul of the poet. I find that is true of all writing. I see bits of myself in so many of my characters. But by the very stark nature of a poem, this is even more apparent. There isn’t the flowery prose or action to hide behind.
So, here I go, baring a bit of my own soul. Once again, keep in mind that I’m not a poet, but I am becoming a bit infatuated with poetry.