Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Poetry Conveyor Belt
I'm amazed at the rate some people can turn out poems on various social media sites. I even posted the following on my Twitter this morning: "Some people are conveyor belts of poetry. I'm more like Lucy at the chocolate factory and I'm ok with that."
Wrapped chocolates are the finished poems. They come down my Twitter stream quite rapidly. I admire the dedication these writers have to their craft. I do try to write every day, but I can't say I have a wrapped chocolate ready for the eating at the end of each day. Like Lucy, I tend to go at my own pace, eat a piece of chocolate yet to be wrapped here and there either by placing a poem in my "waiting-to'happen" pile or by chunking it all together (which I try very hard not to do in a fleeting wave of frustration) and continue with my work. Sometimes, the chocolates I'm wrapping aren't my poems at all but those of others, and I like to stuff them in my shirt and sometimes even my hat for the reading. The poems I'm reading and writing will all get wrapped eventually, and I may consume one too many calories, but I'm happy with this pace. Chocolate is to be eaten and enjoyed, and I'm trying to delight in every bit of the process!
How often do you write a "finished" poem?
Happy wrapping! Andrea
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