|Kittykat (teh_kittykat) wrote,|
@ 2009-04-13 22:59:00
Poetry Month - How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
I managed to complete a draft lit review in about four hours. Finding sources was rough, let me tell you. I think it's pretty okay. Functional, not pretty, but okay.
I'm currently sold on Dreamwidth and I'm going to get me an account there when the open beta hits.. sooner if I can score me a code. I like the features and the plans for it and the outright transparency.. I can tell that even if I don't agree with a decision made by the staff, it will at least have a decent reason why. Considering the business manager wrote "the book" on why advertising on social networking sites doesn't work, I think it'll stick by the promise to be ad-free. It's like LJ before the corporate sellout and with people intent in actually seeing it through.
I'll have to make me a big migration post thing for later.
I'm not sure if I'm going to transfer old stuff or not. I might leave the stuff I've left online from the LJ days and the newer stuff remain at IJ and just begin fresher. I might eventually repost some old material, but I think I'd like to do it in my own time rather than just batch-port everything, even though Dreamwidth does have a functioning internal batch-port utility for LJ-based journals.
I've had some kind of online journal thing since I turned 18, and I've been on the LJ-types since 20. I'm 25 now.. I think I'm probably about due to start over with journaling a bit. (Though sometimes I think about going waaaaaaaay back to the journals I kept when I was a melodramatic 18 year old and laughing my ass off at how stupid I was back then.)
I don't plan on a seed account, though. It's priced at what 4 years of paid-premium would cost, and if I like the place as much as I think I will I'll probably be there for at least four years, but eh. Smaller chunks. Plus, the duo in charge actually explained out the costs and how the pricing works to subsidize the site, so I'm not bitter about doing the reccuring payments thing. (they're going to revamp memories! And they're going to let you do scheduled posts like Wordpress and them do! ZOMG!)
Anyway, here's an update in April so here's a poem. I gotta add this to the list of stuff to subject my teenagers to.
How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
by Pamela Spiro Wagner
First, forget everything you have learned,
that poetry is difficult,
that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you,
with your high school equivalency diploma,
your steel-tipped boots,
or your white-collar misunderstandings.
Do not assume meanings hidden from you:
the best poems mean what they say and say it.
To read poetry requires only courage
enough to leap from the edge
Treat a poem like dirt,
humus rich and heavy from the garden.
Later it will become the fat tomatoes
and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table.
Poetry demands surrender,
language saying what is true,
doing holy things to the ordinary.
Read just one poem a day.
Someday a book of poems may open in your hands
like a daffodil offering its cup
to the sun.
When you can name five poets
without including Bob Dylan,
when you exceed your quota
and don't even notice,
close this manual.
You can now read poetry.