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Dream and unreality: locus communis.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Perhaps a Flawed View

Lately I have been working on short verses, poems of three or four brief stanzas— a radical shift from the longer works completed in the past. It is obvious a strong influence for me derives from Eastern poetry—and the months I spent producing daily writing exercises. I have noticed, as well, editors seem to prefer shorter poems these days—a casual observation on my part, perhaps a flawed view— yet, from the latest selection of submission guidelines I’ve visited, the material from online journals shows a preference for what one may call short lyrical ballads as opposed to longer narrative expositions.

Nonetheless, m recent short poems focus on brief moments of my son Brendan’s development—occasional pieces attempting to make a mundane event more than ordinary. He has stepped into the role of a muse, unknowingly. Every achievement he gains seems to necessitate celebration. Even his fits of anger and temper outbursts provide material for consideration, brief contemplation. These vignettes of reality, in turn, shift to a larger, universal message—finding identity, exploring environment, claiming ambitions, concise moments which anyone can relate.
27/ ruins of a temple

1 comment:

  1. There is something profound in regards of capturing an entire symphony of thought and action into two or three words. It also inspires the reader to formulate their own ideas and thoughts. A forced epiphany to the truly dedicated reader. However, I truly hope, this preference for shorter verses is not a trend due to the twitter/Facebook/social media. If that's the case, I have a grim outlook on society. (not to be too negative, but there is much more. However, [marketable] audience attention spans and comprehension seems to continually and exponentially become shortened due to these facets.)