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From nothing into being.
As social distancing measures are enacted and productions are cancelled across all sectors of the entertainment industry, the COVID-19 situation has become so dire for entertainment workers that it requires decisive action from the federal government. Entertainment gig workers who expected to work f...
Poetic device of the day: poetic license.
There's an ethic to this. There are expectations, but when you write poems, you get a driver's license for language that allows you to drive to your own tunes. Issued to you by the mobile nation of vagabonding, dusty-footed wordmakers when you can demonstrate a responsibility with your words.
Because words can bring down tanks larger than SUVs when used recklessly.
The plus side is you can still be drunk when writing poetry...and it may even be good ;)
But that doesn't ever diminish your responsibility, just gives it a new dimension.
So with your license, write. Learn rules. Follow rules. Break rules. Write rules. Follow rules. Fail at rules. Get punished, try again.
Use your license wisely, but know that you have it once you've earned it.
Poetic device of the day: definition.
It will take you a book.
But, you do so in every poem.
You define what it means to be a poet, you define what poetry is. Fulfill that prophecy and get to writing.
Poetic device of the day: leading.
e.e. cummings had to "teach" his readers how to read him. What does this mean? It means that his stylings, his poetic strategies and devices were unique enough that upon first exposure they may not be readily understood by his readership.
So, how do you show (not tell) the reader what you're doing?
Think of it like dancing. The "lead" is the one who sets the motions. They step right, the "follow" steps right. They step left, the follow follows. Thus, in dance, the leader shows. The follower follows what is shown and begins to aceed to the dance.
Similarly, "leading" in poetry is teaching your audience how to read and understand your devices through poetic leadership.
I txt her 'hmu yo'
She txts me 'h.yourself.u yo'
I txt her back 'wft?'
She txts back back 'yo mamma'
Then I think "sum1prolly stole hur phone."
So I txt 'ok. ttyl.'
Then she be like 'srry. that was my brother.'
So I say 'nw. hmu when you good.'
She says 'kk. I hyu soon.'
And I be like...
Think: in the thread, the acronyms are contemporary and therefore accessible and intelligible ideas at face value for a lot of people. But the poem attempts to innovate language. However, in seeking to maintain face value intelligibility while innovating language, the poem "leads" by showing its strategies in vivo, i.e. as you read, the intent of the poet is that you can follow along in terms of comprehension while also observing the dynamics of possibilities for how language can operate.
Pretty cool nah?
Poetic device of the day, unpacking the acronym.
An acronym is designed to consolidate language. But check out what you are allowed to do with your poetic play.
f**k my life
In my honest opinion
Do, ya know?
Poetic device of the day:
Joy is a device. Writing is a doing. But it is also a being.
Thus, be joyful and write it into words.
Those words will vibrate through the ages with that very joy you wrote them with.
Unless you leave the poem in an attic and it disintegrates.
Then the joy will be dust once again
New word to add to the list of favorite words. It's Hebrew. It's pronounced 'ak.'
It's a surprisingly sophisticated word. High culture here.
It means 'notwithstanding.'
Poetic moment of the day:
Bar. Music. Good people.
I start talking about my sketch series "An Alternative Farce: Politics In The Age of Untruth."
So the guy next to me quips "You're an Alt-Writer?"
Haha. It's so funny cuz the biggest aim of the sketch so far is at the lies of the right side of our political spectrum. *Cough Fox News Cough.*
But I know I know...low hanging fruit
Poetic device of the day: spoof-naming / name-spoofing.
Names are among the most amazing units of language. Very very special. Trust me.
Turning someone's name into something else can have many effects. You can inadvertantly insult them/embarrass yourself ("Brandie? Like when I eat Bran, I die?"), you can crack a joke ("Donald Trump? More like T-Rump-asaurus Rex"), distance yourself from someone by cursing their name [example not found], or you can be cute and tell them you love them by playing with their name ("He's my NateMate. My DateNate. My Nating Call ;))."
Be aware of how you use names. That's the point. Pay attention to how you say them, how you play with them, and especially how you create them and choose them when writing :)
I'm up way past my bedtime.
If anyone wants to hang out, have a beer (or sobriety's best cocktail - - ice water), write, chat or edit with me, I'm gonna chill at Zeno's at 630 tonight.
Poetic device of the day:
Complacency - to be satisfied. Com + placere, to please. To be with pleasure, notably that of the leisurely kind.
Commitment - to be with mission, com + mittere, to go forth, see word 'mission.'
Project - pro + iacere. To throw forward. E.g. Projecting one's voice. E.g. to participate in a project, to participate in a plan set in motion, projected into the future.
A commitment to complacency is hedonism.
An op**te of masses. Youtube and Netflix binges.
It is a mission to nowhere but the same old fix.
A project is a commitment to a future.
The pursuit of this future with zeal. A mission.
Project yourself then. That is the wisdom.
Use your voice and project yourself across the room.
Project yourself across the next 5 years and win.
Go to Broadway, win the rap battles, dance.
Be you into your future, and don't let others project their dreams onto you. Follow the ones that are right for you, that are true to you. Commit to being true to them too.
Simple enough yeah?
(what's the device? Hellifi know...)
Poetic device of the day.
Add sophistication to your rhymes. Use the internal rhyme. Different than the end rhyme, put it inside for readers to find the time sublime don't hide you'll become a friend of mine.
Don't limit yourself ;)
Poetic device of the day: isochronism
Hip hoppers check it out. Playing with this device is difficult and a super cool sounding skill.
I'm sure there are more masters than just Michael Larson (RIP), aka Eyedea. But listen to this song and you'll hear an expert example of isochronism.
But please be aware, explicit content.
Lyrics (It's-it's it's about time) (It's-it's-it's it's-it's it's-it's it's about time) Yo DJ Abilities what you gonna do? (B-b-b-bout to rock) Add me to mix...
Poetic device of the day: the turn.
The experience of having a sense of something one cannot quite describe has a name.
It is called 'je new sais quoi.' Naming is fundamental to the art of poetry.
"The poet's eye in a fine frenzy rolling doth glance from heaven to earth and earth to heaven. And as imagination bodies forth, the forms of things unknown, doth give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name."
So which of these three is the poetic device of the day ;)
(See what I did there?)
Poetic device of the day:
And a good man.
Poetic technique of the day:
1) practice in manageable sections. Take a stanza or half a stanza at a time. The goal is to liberate the words from the page as soon as possible, but with patience of course. To do this, you need to work with small portions.
Time and time again.
"Turn it and turn it again."
Learn to get it rote till it's second nature.
One practice rule.
There are many more for mastering your technique.
Shalom friends :)
Poetic device of the day:
Love it. It is replacing a proper noun with a descriptive phrase.
E.g. "The city that never sleeps."
Poetic device of the day: onomatopoeia.
We all know this one, however, did you know that it is not only for sounds, but also for things?
Example: farbrengen. The word sounds fortified and fun. Farbrengens are gatherings in Jewish community that are intended to fortify character and be a fun get together.
So, onomatopoeia :)
Peace and love homies
Poetic device of the day: Bathos.
When you follow a literary crescendo and the reader begins to expect a beautiful climax, only to let you drop in the last instances.
Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,
Mind boggler of the day:
Poetry is still happening in Hebrew.
That language is thousands of years old and people are still able to say beautiful and unique things with it.
There are tomes of beautiful and unique things that have been written down in this language.
Around the world, right now, in all sorts of different languages, there are millions of new and unique things being said.
The pun is perhaps one of the greatest poetic devices of all time.
It would be interesting to hear your claims on this, but!
Puns are conjured and wielded by masters of language (so long as language hasn't mastered them ;)
Poetic device of the day: Poetymology.
This is one of my favorites.
Make up the etymology of a word.
Such as the origin of the word 'active.'
Did you know is born of a 20th century American sub-dialect native to a few California cities? It's suspected that the word 'active' was first used in a play written by a theatre troop founded in the Bay Area circa 1911. This troupe was known for writing plays that captured, portrayed, and innovated the ways that locals to that region spoke.
The penned word came in a play as a combination of 'act,' 'action,' and 'to live.' The author seems to have been attempting the basic idea that 'to act' is 'to live,' as acting was their life and livelihood. The quote goes as follows: "It is obvious for all who know how to live it; we are actors, we are alive, we are active." The play was an ars poetica entitled "Why We Be." It was not met with much critical acclaim at the time of release, however, is among the most popular of their plays in literary circles.
(Source: Princesston Encyclopedia of Poetry)
Superdope poetic form of the day: Balagtasan.
Named after an 18th century poet, Fancisco Baltazar, this was like Oxford Union debates meets NYC rap battle.
Basically, the court set up two sides of an issue in the Philippines and had poets debate either side of the issue. They had to rhyme. They had teams (posses, let's be real homies) and in the end a winner would be selected.
Topics ranged from the superiority of an assertive husband vs. a docile one to whether violent revolutions were superior to peaceful ones, or whether peace was the real way to go.
Anyone want to try ;)
Poetic device of the day:
Glosa, or 'self-interpreting poem.'
The first stanza, often a single line, is used to introduce the theme of the poem i.e. love, anger, hope, etc. This first stanza is called the cabeza (Italian for 'the head') because the glosa is a 14th and 15th century European form used in the courts.
The following stanzas are each dedicated to a gloss, an interpretation, of each line of the first stanza. Thus, if the cabeza is only one line, there will be only one stanza of interpretation.
The cabeza, if it is one line, is often included at the end of each stanza for repetition, clarity, and renewal (thus yielding new insights into the meaning of the cabeza).
If anyone sees this device, and writes one of these, I will buy you a beer next time I see you. If there are three or more people who participate, I will buy a beer for the poem selected as the best.
Which means I will get drunk, tape each poem up to a wall, and throw darts at it. The first one to hit, will win.
Poetic device of the day (also a device for living and living well):
Finds its source in John Keats. He defined it as "when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason." (Letters)
Interpretation of art and the responsibility of the artist from one of my favorite philosophers/theologians, Simone Weil.
I'm paraphrasing, but she says that good art welcomes us in from the nothing, like being born into a world anew. It shows us infinity, like being given life. And then settles us back into the nothing from which we came, like death.
Art. Art is birth, life, death and the eternity in between to her.
I, Nick, just got to meet with a woman out at Juniper Village nursing home. Nicole Miyashiro at Penn State's Center For The Book is involved in organizing a program called Poems for Life in which poets are paired with nursing home residents.
I was paired with a woman named Greta who I had the privilege of meeting today for an hour and a half. She was wonderful and we had a great time.
I'll meet with her again next week and be able to learn more about her and her story. Keep your eyes and ears attuned to what will come :)
And check out Penn State's Center for the Book!
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Poetic Devices of the day (Mon 1/20)
Anaphora: A repetition. "Maybe I could understand" in this short speech from Dr. Rev. MLK Jr.
Scansion: The metrical (rhythmic) unit of a poem. Example: Iambic pentameter. It describes the foot and what kind of foot it is. It's a two step of light emphasis followed by heavy emphasis. Buh DUN, buh DUN. And this buh DUN is buh DUN five times in a row. buh DUN ;)
"I've Been to the Mountaintop" is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (...
This week's theme:
See the problem
Envision a solution
Write it into reality.
The cursive of my soul
Hey ya'll! Last post for the week!
Just a friendly notification that Jason hosts this awesome event ever last Thursday of the month.
Upcoming is Thursday 1/30. Awesome feature, drinks, and live music. It'll be fun :)
Also, poet's welcome.
Hmu for further info or if you want to collab and get upon the mic!
Hey! The Center for the Book at Penn State is working on a project called "Poems for Life."
They have paired poets up with residential living facilities to interview and write about the lives of particular residents.
Connect our community! Support the arts!
Why yes, indeed.
A poem :)
New blog entry.
Anyone got anything cool they want to contribute?
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