In my first SatWE column (2-20-2010) I made this statement:
“All my friends know that I don’t like poetry. I don’t understand it, I can’t write it, and I read it only to appease my friends here on Gather. That said, I understand why some people like that art form.”
My sonand I were discussing poetry yesterday and I mentioned that one of my problems with poetry is the abstract writing in much of it. A poet will write something and allow the reader to interpret it in any way (s)he wants.
I can handle a small analogy now and then but when a poet (or writer) starts using metaphors, similes, and allegories I’m normally lost. I typically say that my mind is linear and can’t wrap itself around such abstract concepts.
I think that’s pretty much true, but there’s also the added fact that I’m really lazy -- I just don’t want to have to think. Thus the title of this week’s column. I’m going to challenge you to write peotr... pooet... poettr... Oh, you know, that rhyming (or non-rhyming) stuff.
Here’s one more excerpt from my first SatWE challenge:
While I don’t pretend to understand poetry, I’m going to try to write this column in such a way that even poets will feel comfortable about making a submission. If you submit any type of poetry in response to my prompts, I promise I’ll read it.
And, yes, I’ll even submit something for this one.
This Week’s Challenge:
Write one or two paragraphs of prose about any subject and then write a poem that says the same thing (using different words). Conversely, write a poem about any subject and then write one or two paragraphs of prose that say the same thing (using different words).
Write about why football has replaced baseball as the top sport in the US.
Write about why the sky is blue.
Following the color theme, tell us why the ocean is green, gray, blue, or red.
Be a Len Maxwell and get weird. Write about the difference between Comet and Ajax cleansers.
Watch Out For:
Don’t get carried away; I don’t want a thousand-word treatise on your topic.
One or two paragraphs, each one limited to 150 words.
Your poem can be structured any way you want but keep it to less than 500 words.
Not all that many submissions, but they’re great. Remember how Gather is messing us up and how much time and effort it takes for these authors to post their work. It would be, at the very least, courteous if you’d read, recommend, and comment on each of them.
SWE- Saturday Writing Essentials Challenge 7/27/2013 "Fifteen Minutes" by Heather - child of God, C.
JULY ARRIVES (SatWE - 8-03-2013) by Chuck Larlham
(SatWE) July, and Other Disasters by Patrick M.
July And Me - Saturday Writing Essential - by Elsie Duggan
Weekly reminder: Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Write one or two paragraphs of prose about any subject and then write a poem that says the same thing (using different words). Conversely, write a poem about any subject and then write one or two paragraphs of prose that say the same thing (using different words).
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.