If I Ever Get Lucky Enough…

…to write enough poems to sort into a collection, I think I have a fitting title. I came up with it today while driving and it was one of those moments where I thought, “Oh wow! That’s simple…but incredibly ironic and clever…”

Of course now you’re going to be mad that I’m not going to tell you what it is. I’m sorry. I’m just too paranoid for that sort of sharing… =)

I will tell you that I’ve been working on a lot of poems. I developed some kind of “two-line” disease where I write two lines and stop. I don’t think they’re the type of poems like “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound where they are mind blowing and effective enough to just be left that way, but I guess you never know. Although I did learn the other day that “In a Station of the Metro” was originally 30+ lines and Pound worked on it for a year until he cut it down to two lines (three if you include the title.) Perhaps some of these poems will just take longer to work on. I’m happy that the ideas are there at least.

Within the past week I did finish two poems. So, progress is progress! I’m happy with them.

I hope you are all feeling inspired and jotting down ideas frequently!

Until next time,

Christine

Two Jobs & A Poetic Spirit

It’s incredibly interesting (and terrifying) how much can change over the course of six months. While I have no interest in talking about certain aspects, I do want to talk about the things that I’ve been incredibly thankful for. Working as a staff writer for Bleeding Cool continues to be a spectacular adventure. My pull list has grown, but in turn I have settled into a comfortable rhythm for writing articles and meeting my quota every month. My second job of working as a library assistant at the college I graduated from has been a blessing. It is so comfortable for me to be surrounded by books all of the time, and every single person that I work with is fantastic. It’s an incredible feeling to work with a group of caring individuals. Plus, I’ve even met a few kindred creative souls! That alone has provided me with so much motivation and inspiration.

While I prepared for my first poetry workshop for National Library Week, I found myself remembering my love of poetry. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in a ton of my favorite poems and even started to write some of my own. I am thrilled at how well the workshop went with the students and staff, so I look forward to further developing ideas for the fall semester. For now, I think the universe is pointing me towards poetry as my creative outlet. I used to write poetry all of the time, and then I moved onto short stories and novels. Now I find myself filled with a poetic spirit again, and I’m quite happy to embrace it. I look forward to diving back into writing creatively, and analyzing a ton of poets for guidance and inspiration.

For example, I believe this quote to be very true.

“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.”- Allen Ginsberg

Until next time,

Christine