Drowning in Poetry

I think the title of this post is overly dramatic, and while it might sound negative, drowning in writing poetry has actually been really good for me. I have stuck strictly to writing poetry for the past several weeks due to my ambitious plans to submit in the fall, though I have to admit, meeting someone who has made my life a whole lot brighter, has helped continue on with the poetry theme. It doesn’t take much to write at least one line of poetry, but a whole one that is decent is another matter. I have this personal opinion that you need to be in a relationship, coming out of one, just starting one, or directly relating to one to write good poetry. This is just my own personal opinion and what works for me. Some of my best poetry came from my angst with Boris.

Lord that man made me crazy. Still does sometimes.

I think the emotional aspect of another person, be it lover, mother, father, sibling, uncle, friend, etc. relationships mold one’s writing. And the connection with another person makes poems powerful. Sure,  you can write about inanimate objects, Mary Oliver comes to mind with her nature poetry, but it’s still a personal connection to the world. Reading Ada Limon lately, there are so many personal connections with people in her work, that you see the emotional aspect.

So for me, some of my best work has come out of angst, be it in a relationship or out of one.  I was never in a personal relationship with Boris, though I love the man dearly. He just caused a lot of turmoil in my life. Not being in a relationship with Boris caused a lot of turmoil in my life. Ha ha. Ha ha. I’m conflicted, I know.

Currently, while it hasn’t cropped up much, a new relationship, or the promise of one, has boosted my poetry. In the fall it was a hope that I might be with someone that now I could just murder. Those poems from the fall, while good, and I like them, annoy the heck out of me because I can’t stand the person from the fall. I mean, if I could legally hit him over the head…. I should probably be careful, the government is watching…

Well new possibilities, whom we will name Danny Boy at this point, are improving upon my writing. So while drowning in poems might be a weird good thing to say, I am writing as much as I can, when I can.

I should also add that music plays a huge role in writing poetry for me. Maybe because it is all poems as well, set to music, that I gravitate towards it. I listen to music as much as I can, and a lot of it can bring up feelings and thoughts that keep me writing away. Currently, Drake’s ‘One Dance’ and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” are churning out a lot of thoughts.

What about you other poets? Do you find relationships or music improve upon your poetry writing?

And just because I’m in a good mood, here are some poetry prompts I’ve found on Pinterest, where you can follow my board at daydreamwriting. Okay, these aren’t specifically ‘prompts’, but they do conjure up poem ideas.

Kate

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Writing Down Dat Dem Poetry

Ah PAD, not my strong suit this year. I thought I would have poetry flying out of my ears, but I seem to be a tad too emotional as of late for some of the topics to really come out in a good poem. Or one that is a decent poem right off the bat. Most of them are needing some serious reworking and editing.

I had started off rhyming in my head in a partial iambic pentameter, but then I would get stuck writing sonnets that weren’t going well. At all.  But it dawned on me the other day that I needed to stop trying to write sonnets. Just write. Write whatever comes to mind with the prompt, from spirit animal to wire (I liked wire), and just let it flow. Then if I want to take whatever I wrote and turn it into a sonnet with the ideas from the poetry just written, okay fine.  And it’s going better. If I don’t feel inclined to write a sonnet, I don’t have to. But if I want to dabble something out, I can. Which I have done.

It’s actually kind of helpful to have all of the poem written out with all of the ideas there, then to rework it into the sonnet. Now, I’m not saying the sonnets are good, and I only have one mostly done, but  it’s still there.

The fence is wired with rusty barbs and nails
And tangles tight to hold and grip the ties
The baling wire and hooks cling without fail
To posts that once held rails for trains that fly
~Katie Lyn Branson (Wired)

That is the start to the wired poem. Not great, but not bad. All about fence posts on the plains that are faded and held together with wire.

Who knew you could take such an ordinary thing and write a sonnet out of it. But I’m trying to get out of my head, which is harder to do than you think, and just let it come out. I think another part is I’m inspired by certain music I’m listening to, specifically the Strumbellas with their songs of  “Spirits” and “Wild Sun”, and the Lumineers “Stubborn Love”, which is a personal favorite song. I think the folksy aspect of it.

jackie-and-ryan-2014-movie-posterAnother inspiration is the film Jackie and Ryan, with Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes. I can’t explain how much this movie hit me (I was nearly crying at the end). But the music and the story line and the lyrical quality of it all. If you are a writer, or a musical lyricist, I recommend it. Best part, it is based on a true story of a man,  Nick Hans, who was playing at SXSW, if I remember the story correctly. So that is really cool.

So, is anyone else hard at work on PAD? I’d love to know.

Kate

Love Songs and Lyrics

I am a sucker for love songs.  I adore love songs.  I love romance and all that goes with it.  I could probably be accused of being a romanticist.  And I would be quite ready to agree with you.  Romance is in my blood.

So, any time I find a new love song that I can really enjoy, I kind of want to scream it out to someone.  Many times I keep it to myself, because, hey, you, whoever you are, do you want me catching a hold of your sleeve as you pass me on the street to tell you about this great new love song?  I didn’t think so.  I add the songs to my playlists; I make detailed playlists on my players, be it Itunes or my new Sansa player.  I have the song on repeat and I wear it out to the point where I know the lyrics back and forth.  I write the lyrics down in my journal. I remember them for adding to pictures on Tumblr.  I use them in my books.  The lyrics are what make a love song beautiful.

The Enemies (that’s Johnny Crean on the left in the top image.)

Lately I have been slightly obsessed with the Irish band, The Enemies.  I’ve already posted on my adoration of Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook on Once Upon a Time. (yes, a shameless plug to get you to watch) I’ve posted on my ‘zing’ of being followed by The Enemies and Johnny Crean on Twitter.  So, if you’ve been reading, you will know who I’m talking about.

Well today I am posting about their beautiful song ‘Pretty Valentine’.  It’s a lovely song with a very catchy tune and lyrics.  The lyrics are so gorgeous.  Simplistic in style, and they rhyme.  Most people don’t know that rhyming songs, good rhyming songs are the key to making my music love.  And this song has all of those.  It’s one of those pretty things you can have playing and you go, ‘oh, I like that’.  And I certainly do.

I recently was able to finally have music playing on my computer again after over a year of horrible static and noise that was not music.  (I have a new laptop was the fix….) So I have been indulging in music.  One of the first things I wanted to hear was “Pretty Valentine”.  I had been waiting impatiently to hear it.  Now that I have, it is in my repertoire of love songs.

Sure, I have tons of various love songs.  I mean, like I said, I love them, but this one has now become one of my favorites.  It makes me think of springtime evenings.  Of late summer and meadows.  Daisies and roses.  Setting suns and mountain lakes.

Can a song do that?  Bring all that forth?  Well, maybe not for everyone, but it does for me.

I urge you to check out the song.  I promised Johnny Crean I would blog, twitter, and facebook about it. 🙂  Hey, they are a great band and I want to get them the attention they deserve.  So please check out the song.

You can purchase the song HERE  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Signing off

~Kate