One: I started writing poetry five years ago.
I'd just had a baby; I was hormonal, and it happened.
Thank god for hormones.
Poetry has been an important facet of my writing journey. Something about playing with words and using them to craft emotion, sensation, and surprise was fascinating to me.
Since I started, I'd had the support of many, many accomplished poets (Steve Langan, Todd Robinson, Lindsey Baker) who saw my lame first tries, didn't laugh, and later critiqued other poems I ended up publishing. They are some of my absolute favorite poets in the world. Others I adore include Ted Kooser ("Pocket Poem"), William Carlos Williams ("A Love Song"), and Louise Gluck ("The White Rose").
Two: I love encountering poetry in YA or MG fiction.
I loved the unexpected, original poems in Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn, whose book is coming out in June. It totally added to the mystery of the book. And I was entranced by the poetry in The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson.
Novels in verse have been a new thing for me. Two very different but thoroughly enjoyable books I read recently were May B by Caroline Starr Rose, and Gone Fishing by Tamera Wissinger. I know there are many others! Mention them in the comments, if you have a favorite. :)
Then there are other fellow Lucky13s whose books influenced by poets and poems, like Evan Rosko's Dr Bird's Advice for Sad Poets. And also, my fellow Dial-sister, April Tucholke's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
And then there is Control, my sci-fi novel coming in December. Yep, it's got a poem in there, and yep, I wrote it. I never thought of combining sci-fi with poetry, but ten years ago, I never, ever thought I'd be writing poetry myself. What can I say? Poetry does strange and good things to you. :)
Recently, April Tucholke and I started prompting each other on Twitter with medical-related poetry prompts (atropine, pulse, stitches). And others joined in!
I found her here: between the needle's point and the sigh, the bitter atropine and the lake of iris.
— Lydia Kang (@LydiaYKang) April 12, 2013
@terekirkland @lydiaykang @kangaru Skin closing in, stitching two into one, stitching up the both of us, the blood beating underneath.
— April G. Tucholke (@nightowlauthor) April 19, 2013
@lydiaykang @nightowlauthor @kangaru A current of wild eagerness / steady and stubborn in rhythm / #twtpoem #pulse
— Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) April 23, 2013
@terekirkland @lydiaykang @nightowlauthor Sewn w/blood & singing heart strings, skin 2 skin, sigh 2 sigh, I breathe You have me in stitches.
— alice (@kangaru) April 20, 2013
@lydiaykang @nightowlauthor @kangaru Sometimes he's like a stitch I want want to pick at and pluck until we fall to pieces, unraveling.It's been so fun! Keep your eye out for more poetry in your YA and MG books. And in the meantime, joins us for some mini poems by following #twtpoem prompts!
— Tere Kirkland (@TereKirkland) April 20, 2013
Does poetry play a part in your life, your writing, or your reading? Do you have a favorite poet?