Poetry Information

In Poetry: Meaning of Words [And ...Rocket-belt]


In Poetry: Meaning of Words

When I write poetry, I check out the meaning of words for too often they sound the same, but once written, and if spelled wrong, in consequence, give a complete different meaning of what I had intended; this I call a moment of damage control. If my rhyme is flat, and my cadence is off, so what, I can survive, as long as the meaning of my words are not; and are as I meant them to be. Even punctuation can be off, and not do too much damage, but not so with my meaning of words, when they are off; or, is not as I intended them to be. I am not a professor, or perfectionist in/of English, nor need to be, a minor in literature is it and will do, but here is the bottom of the iceberg in poetry-the meaning of words. Write what you mean in words, and mean what the words say in writing poetry; or so I must remember for myself; or at least now and then remind myself; remind myself that poetry is the highest point or form in/of writing. Yet, sometimes I must give up something to get something, but never the meaning of a word. Well, that is how I feel anyhow. Why? it is damaging not only to me, but to the reader.

A poem on Vietnam called:

"Corporal Siluk and the Rocket-belt"

"It's a 'ell of a night
for rockets in flight,"
Private McGee reminded me?
thinkin' we're done for the day
ready to go to sleep
(perhaps, thinking about his pay).

When, out of the clear
we both could 'ear
the whistle of a rocket's thrust-
'ver-our little tin-roofed hut.

"Got to grab our rifles again,"
said I, to Private McGee-
"Steady there, ol' pal,"
half drunk, falling to his knees?;
as the rocket explodes-
somewhere, nearby
in the shrubbery.

#738 6/24/05

Dennis Siluk's new book, "Spell of the Andes," presently on http://www.amazon.com; he lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Lima, Peru. He is working on two more books, and several short stories.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


PBS NewsHour

How poetry can help kids turn a fear of literature into love | PBS ...
PBS NewsHour
Literature can be daunting for some young people, so how can we create a culture of avid readers? Poetry can be a non-threatening alternative introduction for fledgling bibliophiles, giving them more “white space” on a page without losing narrative ...

and more »


Chicago Tribune

Notable poetry of 2017
Chicago Tribune
For the fifth consecutive year, a gathering of some poetry that caught my ear in the preceding twelvemonth — not the “best,” not even necessarily my favorites (the only reason Anthony Madrid's “Try Never” isn't here is that he's a friend). Just some ...



Huntington Herald Dispatch

MU professor Chavez to sign new poetry collection at Empire Books
Huntington Herald Dispatch
HUNTINGTON - Locally based poet Sarah Chavez will sign copies of her latest poetry book, "Hands That Break and Scar," from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Empire Books & News at Pullman Square. A mestiza born and raised in the California Central ...



KHOU

Kids use poetry to cope with life after Harvey
KHOU
Kids use poetry to cope with life after Harvey. Error loading player: No playable sources found. For many children, it's been difficult to express their emotions about the hardships linked to Hurricane Harvey -- and how the storm changed their lives ...



NPR

Poetry's Not Dead, And Here Are Books To Help Appreciate It
NPR
And in response, books are published about how to bring poetry back to life or how to better appreciate it. Well, Tess read this year's crop so that you don't have to. TESS TAYLOR, BYLINE: As it turns out, the best books about loving poetry this year ...



The Missoulian

Missoula kids share special places with poetry, map
The Missoulian
Missoula Writing Collaborative Executive Director Caroline Patterson works with area schools to teach poetry. While applying for grants to support the effort, she was trying to think of a new way to engage students and tapped into her personal ...



Irish Times

2017: A stellar year for new poetry
Irish Times
But, fascinating as it was to pore over the bits and bobs of the Yeats auction catalogues, there were more consequential events in 2017, which was a stellar year for new poetry. Books by Tara Bergin, Sinéad Morrissey, Leontia Flynn and Michael Longley ...



San Francisco Chronicle

State Lines: California poetry: Susan Gubernat's 'Christmas Fires'
San Francisco Chronicle
Holiday poems are hard to find, maybe because poets favor subjects that offer more ambiguity and nuance. In “Christmas Fires” however, Susan Gubernat embraces the sort of ambiguity I'm thinking about. Here we find all the details we might expect in a ...



Olean Times Herald

Olean High School students come out of shells with Poetry Out Loud competition
Olean Times Herald
Poetry Out Loud involves more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from approximately 10,000 schools. All three OHS finalists, which also included Natalie Sova, earned gift cards to Barnes & Noble thanks to a contribution from the Olean City ...



Philly.com

Longtime editor of American Poetry Review, 'the Poetry Don' dies at 68
Philly.com
On a tip from Norman O. Brown, the late philosopher under whom Mr. Bonanno studied at Wesleyan University, he pursued a job in 1973 at the year-old American Poetry Review shortly after graduation. Mr. Bonanno was young but made an impression on the ...


Google News

home | site map | Art of the Ocean
© 2006