What’s up with poetry? /article

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As I start on a new project (join the very long queue!!) that will result in a joined-up poetry book, I wonder why so many people are turned off by poems.

Songs surround us and most people like some form of music. Personally I love music and have very broad tastes though my heart loves a good strong beat 🙂

Now poems, if well written, are lyrics: raps in sharp blasts or eloquent classics evoking romantic views or fast-paced, shocking, rocking, beats and blues… sad & soulful – then a turn, a slight of hand, a magician’s twist, taking us to fairyland  & & plain and straight and sometimes daft – a rhyme that’s clear, my dear, with no regret, or apologies, to the neatness, you cannot fear, this simple style, yet… what about the crazy times? of custard cats & cardboard sheep, they want to dance, all night long, juggling limes with melons on their heads !!

Oh poetry is so wonderful.

I actually think it still carries a heavy, old fashioned hat and that’s what people see first. Dull and dusty and full of ‘clever’ references to Classics that were read years ago in a stuffy university parlour as the students drank sherry from crystal glasses and discussed Chaucer   😕

So come on, be brave, it’s not that bad… give a poem a go…

you may be surprised (some even have rude words and sex)

🙂 dare you try?  I’d love to hear about your attempts and/or favourites – all welcome, even the oldies.

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