Something not too many people know about me is that my publication history began with poetry. As a teenager, I saw my poems published not only in my high school's literary magazine, but also in journals I found--yes, that's right--in Writer's Market. (Clearly my odd passion for literary market research started early!)
But I didn't sense that poetry was where my future rested. I loved prose. I wanted to write prose. I was writing prose. Poetry receded, except in the college classes where I read (and wrote academic essays [prose!] about) Blake and Baudelaire.
As an MFA student I read a lot more poetry (and met a few very talented practicing poets). I still didn't think poetry was my "thing," but after awhile I started to wonder. A bit.
And now, occupied all day with my full-time university office job, maintaining a semblance of a freelance life with a few article and review assignments and waiting for a couple of accepted stories to appear in print (or online), I am turning to poetry. I am trying to shake things up, especially where my fiction writing is concerned (to say that new work has plateaued is to be too kind to myself). I am trying to learn some new skills that I may apply elsewhere.
I am taking a poetry class. Online. My first homework assignment is due by July 17.
So I am trying to benefit from the structure and inspiration of a class and from the skills and expertise of the instructor who is leading us. I am trying, still, to grow as a writer.
Even if, in a way, I'm going back twenty-something years, all the way to my bylines' beginnings.
Wish me luck.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
My Poetic Past (and Present)
Posted by Erika D.
Labels: Craft of Writing, Poetry, Writing Workshops
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I'm glad to have stumbled upon your blog and Web site. You've got a phenomenal amount of useful information here. Thank you for putting this together. I find your observations interesting as well as informative. Good luck with the poetry class. All best ~ ej
Thanks so much for your comment, EJ, and for the good wishes for the class!
Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your journey as a writer. I love to write poetry, but it's something I just do every once in a while. I took a couple of classes years ago, learned alot, and really enjoyed them.
Wishing you much joy with the poetry class.
Thank you so much, Suzanne. I appreciate that!
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