Poetry Lessons From Seaview

Poetry Lessons From Seaview

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“Surely you can write

a shitty first draft!

That’s all

we’re asking    of you.”

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Writing assignments

from a poetry workshop,

    on the coast

    of New Jersey,

    “Seaview.”

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Four days in all

    – readings, critiques, and writing reviews –

for those in their prose

    and the muse that I choose.

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A Pulitzer Prize winner

in poetry walks by –

guest speaker,

first feature,

top bill.

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Two inches

– Two inches! –

that’s the closest I’ll get

to a Pulitzer Prize win

    or its winner.

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Fresh faces, I meet

sit around and cross tables,

    put thoughts into words

    and on paper.

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Voices in need

to create and speak,

tweak out

creative expressions.

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In polyglot tongues,

soul songs are sung,

in the search

for a self

validation.

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The poetry lessons from Seaview sessions –

Finding corrections in (w)holy revisions.

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[Revised 01 February 2012]

Copyright © 2012 Marvin Loyd Welborn. All Rights Reserved.

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Comments

  1. in search of self validation…so true in that…have never been to a poetry workshop…honestly not sure i want to go to one..as i might lose a bit of myself in worrying what others really think…

    Reply
  2. We do it, and we’re better and worse for the experience. We get some validation, and lose some self-esteem. We quit using perfectly acceptable words forever (like “perfectly”) because they’re adverbs and adverbs are too Angle, or Saxon, or German to be English anymore. Then years pass, and you think, I might say that’s “lovely” anyway. After all the British do!
    Loved this.

    Reply

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