Stuck

We’ve all felt stuck in our writing. Teresa Rodden, a life coach and writer in the Burn Wild workshop, colors this feeling in a new way. I love the wisdom of her poem, generated during National Poetry Month.

Stuck

No inspiration –

Thud.

A resounding thud.

Hello?

Is anybody there?

Crickets.

Thoughts dropping from mind to mouth,

Yet not one tasty enough to swallow.

Where did she go,

That lovely dream chick who can make me smile?

She lights up my eyes. She amazes me with her silly word tricks.

Is she hiding behind overwhelm?

Did she run for the hills seeking escape?

I don’t know where my darling flew.

I will not chase her; she knows best.

To receive the gifts meant especially for me

Sometimes I just need to be still.

– Teresa Rodden

cricket-and-grass

 

National Poetry Month: the Whys

Word to the Whys4-sieve

 

Writing the least of yourself

is a tight-mesh strainer.

What sieves through the other side

is pure soul captured.

First moments sometimes bitter, even rancid—

rind rank with utter lack, boredom, and a million whys.

 

Persevere. It’s there.

Allow the wander,

write for wonder,

lay bare juicy creation.

Get wise to the words

ripened inside.

 

–kjfields

As we continue our journey, sometimes faltering, through National Poetry Month, kjfields is a beacon. KJ is a founding member of the Burn Wild workshop and has ticked off a poem every day of the month so far.

We are grateful for the beauty and wisdom here, and to be sharing in this experience together. Thank you, KJ!

National Poetry Month: You Expand the Definition

To highlight National Poetry Month, I’ve been talking in Burn Wild class about how each poet brings something new to the definition of poetry.

Poetry was never e.e. cummings or Mary Oliver or William Stafford until they created their work in the world, released their voice, and expanded what poetry could be.

In the same way, even if you’ve never written a poem, you can decide for yourself what you like and what your boundaries are. You can celebrate your own way of seeing things. You can choose where to place the words on the page. And suddenly: poetry is now expanded by the presence of a new poet.

Here is how Wildfire Writer Susan Gordinier expands the definition of poetry:

The Poem

A new way to see

Inside

A way to let

Inside

Out

A journey

A discovery

A road map

A vacation

A path that brings you

Roundabout—

About what to say

How to take the think

And make

New something

A new

Feeling

A

Release

A let it go

Catharsis

Yes

 

I do like poems

Because i

Don’t like

VERBOSE

 

And I also

Like

Rhythm

And

The taste

Of the

Words

in

My

mouth

 

And

That

Is

How

I

Want

To

write

–Susan Gordinier

Now I’d like to invite other Wildfire Writers – those of you who are using a ten-minute practice you’ve learned in my class or elsewhere – to share your poems with me. I’d love to show them off during this month. Post them on the Wildfire Writing Facebook page and some might even find their way here.

Keep saying what you need to say, the way you want to say it . . .

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