and wondered what it is that I find so fascinating about it.
And there are quite Some things that fascinate me in that poem – how specific he gets, the creativity and sensitivity…
But what impressed me most was how he’s using the poetic tool of conversation to tackle a difficult subject – the death of a boy
I started thinking about conversation in poetry and realized that I use it quite frequently in my own poetry without thinking too much about the Why.
But there are some good reasons – for example…
- I find that conversation always feels natural
- it gives the poem an in-the-moment feel
- it adds multiple dimensions in the dialgoue’s back and forth //instead of one-dimensional you go three- or even more-dimensional
- It puts the poem into present tense
- It can connect different parts in a natural way
- It pulls the reader into the poem cause usually we tend to listen to convos or even want to engage in them
- It’s a cool way to embed different points of views
- It feels personal
- It can be used to make a thinking process transparent instead of providing a fix “solution”
- people “listen” to the conversation and while it goes bring in their own thoughts as well
So for today, I want us to write conversation poems
If you have a difficult subject, you may wanna try to combine metaphor AND conversation
It can be a convo between different people or like in Bob’s poem with a river or some other object or fantasy being
The whole poem can be a conversation or you can just place some conversation lines into an otherwise non-conversational poem
If you are new, here is how this works:
- Write a poem based on the prompt and put it on your webpage or blog.
- Click the Mr. Linky button below and enter your name and direct web address (URL) to your poem.
- There you will find the list of others playing along, read them, tell them what you thought of their poem.
- If you use social media to promote your works, include the tag #dversepoets or @dversepoets so we can find and promote you as well.
Have fun – and looking forward to seeing you out on the trail!