Two paths either diverge or collide, I haven’t decided which…
Early in the history in my blog I decided to post a poem every Tuesday. This was my first regular feature and the only one that has lasted. In the past several weeks I’ve occasionally gone back and read a poem or two or five. I am not a great poet, but I do enjoy many of them.
People who have been reading my blog recently might know that I am in the middle of a writing streak. I’ve been posting quite a few stories, have been posting a serialized novel and have been editing two other books off line. My prose writing is full-steam ahead.
OK, here is where it all goes wrong.
I have had a hard time writing poetry lately. I’ll be honest and say it is rarely easy, but in the past I would get to Tuesday morning, sit down, and write something. I’d do a few quick edits and put it up. 90% of I was pleasantly surprised at the results.
I sit down and try to force it. Pure drivel at best. Blank page at worse.
I posted a poem today, but I really don’t like it. I didn’t post a new one last week. In fact, I haven’t posted many new poems in the last few weeks. Or months.
So, is there a slider in my brain that has prose at one and poem at the other? Is this slider now pushed 100% into the prose side?
And is this a divergence or a convergence? Does my aims of writing a poem every week no matter what collide with the reality of my writing at any given time, or is my brain just on a different path, one leading into the prose woods instead of the fields of poetry?
Anyway, I will continue writing. If any poems come out if this writing, well, you’ll see the results here.
Just some silly, random thoughts :)