Things that have occurred to me as a result of the above - in no particular order. (I've already spoken a bit about it in earlier blogs.)
- there is so much that I haven't thought about - about myself and others
- there is quite a bit I have thought about - but I'm not sure now how I feel about it
- having now thought more about it, I'm more confused than I was before I started
- I've found poetry unlike anything I've read before, and so unlike anything I've written myself - and I don't have a fixed style of writing - and that's quite exciting
- it still confuses me that I can really like some poems in a collection and really dislike others
- there's a limit to how much poetry I can read at one time - and it can begin to blur, particularly if the poet only seems to have one theme or style
- whether it is deemed necessary or desirable by others, I need to have some understanding of a poem. I don't want it tied up in a bow, but I need something...
- it's what's common between me and the poet that is important to me - the poet's individual experience may not be something I've experienced, but there's something there which I can relate to - and that is not about specifics - gender, sexuality, trauma... but about human feelings - loss, love, fear...
- titles can really put me off poems. For example, I'm a woman and not squeamish, but I'm still put off by the title 'Ode to menstrual blood' - Sharon Olds
- I like it when the form of a poem and its repetitions and rhythms draw me in and hold me and engulf me and I can feel it - all of which is true of the poems in Alice Oswald's Falling Awake
- I like lines that jump out and grab me - which is also true of the poems in Alice Oswald's Falling Awake
- I'm interested in how humour can reveal and disguise so much - and how well similes and metaphors can work with it - Hera Lindsay Bird
- there is so much out there!
- there needs to be more joy in poetry
My thanks to all those who have given me support online - I really appreciate it.