On writing part 3

A corn field in Liechtenstein. Keywords: Field...

A corn field in Liechtenstein. Keywords: Field, corn, Liechtenstein, Mountains, Alps, Vaduz, sky, clouds, landscape. Español: Una plantación de maíz en Liechtenstein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is how The cat is in the corn poem came to be. Yesterday the line, “the cat is in the” came into my mind and I tried several words to complete the line. None fit well and the word “corn” kept returning. It didn’t make much sense, but it would not go away. Finally I decided to try it in a rural setting, and then the poem wrote itself. I use 3×5 cards to write notes to myself and the poem quickly filled three cards. Some adjectives needed changing, and that occurred in typing the poem. Start to finish, I would say that the entire process took no more than 45 minutes.

In case that you have not noticed, I try to use as few words as possible. Some of my poems use only two or three words per line. My goal has always been to write a poem with only one word per line. I achieved that goal only once and I have misplaced the result. If I ever recall the subject matter, I believe that I will be able to write it again. Stay tuned.

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On writing part 2

Cover of "On Writing:  A Memoir of the Cr...

Cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

The best writers, in my opinion, are those writers of prose who also write poetry. They have a greater range of words to use and their poetry efforts show in their writings. If you want to be a better writer, read some poetry, and then try writing some of your own. Modern poetry no longer feels the need to rhyme. It is easier to write and to read. In a prior post, I listed the three things you need to do to be a writer: live, read, write and repeat. To that list, I will now add a fourth item, read and write poetry.

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Lincoln was gay?

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

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Walt Whitman's use of free verse became apprec...

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Was Abraham Lincoln gay? We know that he read Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, who was a gay poet. Gays read poetry, real men do not. No one ever saw the two men meet, bur they both lived in Washington during the Civil War and sometimes could be seen acknowledging each other during walks on the streets near the White House. What went on between the two men outside of public view? Whitman wrote an emotional poem about Lincoln after his assassination called O Captain, My Captain. Was Lincoln’s marriage a real

marriage?  Were Lincoln’s children adopted?

Only three assertions above are true: Lincoln read Whitman and nodded to him on the street, Whitman was gay and Whitman wrote the poem, O Captain, My Captain. The rest is all vile speculation. This resembles the speculation and tissue of lies that Barack’s critics produce on a daily basis. I have read perhaps a dozen books by critics of Barack Obama by people who appear on radio and TV, and/or write newspaper columns and books. All of them offer opinion, sometimes on the slimmest of evidence, as truth. Then that opinion takes on a life of its own as it is repeated over and over again. The BIG LIE technique. Repeat something so often that some will accept it as fact.

As this election season shifts into higher gear, websites critical of the President are popping up like mushrooms. Some seem to exist only to repeat messages that originate elsewhere, on other blogs or in the form of YouTube videos. False information is being propagated widely and feverishly. There is much work to be done by the Barack Obama Truth Team.

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