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Good words, well written, better the world. Good literature betters the world immeasurably.

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Mission statements
Are for Jesuits
Solutions
Are for chemicals.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

Filed under: poetry

Fishing


Writing poetry is like
Fishing in muddy water
Sometimes you just
Can’t find the fish.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

Filed under: poetry

Worship


The slaves build pyramids
To worship the Pharaoh.

The faithful build cathedrals
To worship their God.

The neurotic build skyscrapers
To worship themselves.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

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The Refusal to Ask Why


The wild
Nature creates
The garden
Man makes.

The animals free
Man puts in a zoo
Or shoots for sport
Not for the pot.

The shelter
Becomes a house
The village
To a city grows.

The fire
Once wood
Now power
Nuclear.

The stride
The gait
Transportation
Accelerates.

The air
Once pure
Now noxious
Suffocates.

The earth
Human’s habitat
Wantonly
Defiled.

Children we are
Heedless
To the resultsOblivious.

The results
We deny
Refuse to
Ask why.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

 

 

 

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Exhilaration


Exhilaration
Intoxication
Freedom brings.

The mute, the silent
The bowed head
Obedience extracted
Compliance exacted
The despot dictates.

The power handed to others
Not fought
Ruins lives
Generations lost.

The corruption
The squandered wealth
Blood suckering
Desperation creates.

Democracy
Not perfect
But you can
Vote the buggers
Out.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

 

 

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Ascend


Ascend
Do not descend

Go up
Not down

Fly
Not crawl

Aspire
Not despair

Hope
Don’t give up

Strive
The wounds will heal
Heal in time.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

 

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Apreciação


Para aqueles de vocês que
visite este blog e
e gostar os poemas,
obrigado.

Para aqueles de vocês que
visite este blog e
ler a poesia,
obrigado

Para aqueles de vocês que
siga este blog e
ler poesia,
obrigado também.

Sem leitores
um poema morre
poemas são escritos
para ser lido.

Para aqueles de vocês que
ler os poesia,
humilde graças
você é apreciado.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 abril, 2016

Filed under: poetry

Appreciation


To the many people
Liking the poems
On this blog,
Thank you.

To the many people
Visiting the site
To read the poetry,Thank you.

To those of you
Who are following
The blog for its poetry,
Thank you too.

Without readers
A poems dies
Poems are written
To be read.

To those of you who
Read and have read,
A humble thank you,
You are treasured.

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

Filed under: poetry

The Business of Poetry


Poets have to be honest. Honest with themselves. Poetry comes from the inner being. Poetry comes from the heart and from the soul. Pretentious poetry does not survive and no poet need aspire to writing such poverty of form. Poets can aspire to write good poetry. Poetry that appeals to all walks of life, not merely those who seek the superficial. Poetry you can be proud of and so can your readers.

Poetry is natural to the human species. Just as music and singing is. Poetry is universal and is the primary of the story telling forms. Long before literacy, poets existed in every cultures throughout the world. They were the carriers of the culture’s traditions. They were the culture’s memory. Those ancient story tellers spoke in rhyme because rhyme provides for memory in a way that prose does not. Those poets could recite for days at a time. Sitting round campfires in the wilderness storytelling was one of the few forms of entertainment.

A few of these ancient poem stories survive into our time. Because they were written down. Beowulf and the Iliad and the Odyssey are examples.

Every poet can aspire to write the best poetry of which they are capable. To be able to do this the poet has to know poetry. The poetry of others. Those poets of old learned from other poets; the stories were handed down over the centuries.

Should the poet aspire to write the best poetry they can, and wish to mature in their poetry writing, learning one’s poetic heritage is a necessity. If one is going to read the poetry of others then why not read the best. One does not need to write to that level but the poet can use such poetry as models. Poetry is now a written form and, as such, one has to be educated in the form.

Central to every culture is a foundational poem or poet, one which, or who, is central to the culture. In English one can argue which these are. Shakespeare’s Sonnets seem to be inescapable as is Milton. In Italian, it is Dante; in Russia, Pushkin; in Germany, Goethe. With the French one is spoilt for choice: Racine, Corneille, La Fontaine. Likely the French couldn’t agree among themselves.

Having started, one then reads through the succeeding centuries up to the present. The journey is best made by finding poets who suit one’s taste. One quickly identifies whether one prefers Keats over Shelley, Frost over Emerson.

Remember the aim is to become a better poet not a literature major. Reading selectively is the key. Along the way, reading a few poets translated from other languages will help add to one’s sense of poetry. French offers a cornucopia of possibilities: Baudelaire, Gautier, Apollinaire. Perhaps Lorca from Spain.

Lastly, contemporary poets. Finding poets of our contemporaries with whom one can identify is difficult. There are so many. To find these, perhaps skimming anthologies works best.

Since poetry is now a literate form, learning the language of poetry is a absolute necessity. Just as one learns to write, better still to write well, so one writes good poetry by learning the language of poetry.

Contemporary poetry is most often written in free form. That is a misnomer. Because what make good poetry in our time is that, within that free form, are more formal poetic forms peeking out. In the best of contemporary poetry, including the poetry you write, there may be rhythm, conscious not haphazard, rime, metaphor, assonance. None of this need be there for false effect or to provoke others into comment on those devices. No, they are there to give the poem strength, power, impact. To create a unique voice.

This discussion of poetry began by talking the poet. And of the poetry being honest. That honesty comes across transparently to the reader. Readers, whether they read poetry regularly or not can not be fooled. Writing poetry for the public is not a place for the poet getting to know him or herself. Poets must be adult and not abusing their public with their private airings. Airing narcissistic poetry is abuse. Readers and mature poets will be sickened by it. The public deserves better. Furthermore, poets who write only for other poets will not mature.

Have non poets read your poems before you publish them. The web is a public forum, a publishing platform. Your earth bound readers may say only that they like the poem and you can’t want for better. But if they don’t, ask them why. They will tell you. If you can’t face such a thing, go home and practice. You will know from the feedback you get what works and what doesn’t. 

What in the end one seeks is one’s own voice. The ability to write poetry such that someone can say, “Ah, that poem was written by so and so.”

That so and so can be you and your poetry recognizable by others. Why not?

Malcolm D B Munro
4 April, 2016

Filed under: poetry

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