Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

It's my blog and I have new-poem thoughts!

Poem-writing discussion time:

I am a very experienced vivid dreamer. This morning, while I was in an odd, "off" mood, I decided to write a poem that felt like a dream. This resulted quickly. A single page in my poem notebook, not revised much, and shared, also quickly. And I felt better after writing it.

The title came first: I wanted an image, as often my poems don't have much imagery in them and I'm trying to stretch a bit. (Maybe this is influenced by a dream I've mostly forgotten, but I doubt it.) By contrast, this poem from 2013, "Projected on the Sky," is directly inspired by a dream; I made almost no changes from the dream in writing it, except for removing one very random detail that would have stuck out like a sore thumb. Really stuck out, like the man with cheese in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Restless." I'll add that normally I don't do such dream-transcribing, because all thoughts can be edited, but in that case the result was a poem I'm still very fond of.

And I like this new one.

Another small craft thing: I tried not to use too much punctuation. I overuse them. I want to be more confident at using line breaks as punctuation, and for me, this poem having four of 22 lines end with punctuation is restraint. I think I needed those four. In other poems, maybe I can use fewer.

I find this interesting, which is good because it helps push me to write more poems, and that's a nice goal.
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