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Meeting Expectations

January 8, 2015 , , , ,

cocktail that wants to be a poem

cocktail that wants to be a poem

People walk through the doors of your expectations.  This has been my belief for most of my life, and has proven to be a valid one.  I have high standards, but notice how I am much more likely to apply them to others than to myself.  I do set goals and make commitments, but not usually in a public way.  This is why the #ROW80 challenge is perfect for me.  I have set myself an expectation of working more creatively and do a daily bit to achieve that goal.  I want to practice being more poetic in all aspects of life, so the drawing, photography and poetry are intended to build on themselves .  I expect to become more observant in all aspects of my habitual life. There are already a few good results:

  • I have kept my dream diary daily, concentrating on the words I associate with my dreams
  • My daily drawing practice (digitally assisted) is enjoyable. I warm up for the day by making visual art
  • I have written short poems to go with the art, inspired by the experience of creating it
  • My attention has expanded to include all kinds of subjects for poetry that I had not considered

The addition of the art has made this exercise natural and easy for me. I have written poetry before, and even looked for art to use as inspiration.  Making the art myself  is a new and interesting way to tie my attention to a written project.  Usually I write the prose, then add the visuals.  Starting with color and form is a good way for me to see action and hue within the emotional tone I want to set.  I have not attempted to draw anything realistic.   My best work is not representational, but based on geometry and color.  I am not afraid to try, and am considering going to the botanical garden and trying to do a depiction of the cactus section.  Words to go with the cactus poem have been rattling around in my brain as a think about the idea.  Although I do publish my work, the purpose of this venture outside my normal writing style is completely personal.  I am not seeking adulation or followers.  I am curious to see if my writing practice can expand and include more comedy, enlightenment, and beauty.   So far, so good!! Now, for the poetry of others:

  • I adore Dorothy Parker, and would love to emulate her style of poetry
  • The U of A Poetry Center is holding a reading tomorrow night, and I may attend
  • I discovered I like reading the Kindle on the exercise bike, so I plan to collect poets to read while I ride
  • I will shop Amazon to discover the work of poets I do not know, and make a stop at the library

In general the poetic life is off to a fine start here.  I have also started a food preparation calendar, which I think of as an extension of poetic thinking. I want my home life, my cuisine, and my fitness regime to reflect creativity and artful planning.   The food preparation trip is actually a very good foundation because it concentrates kitchen time and frees me to wander off into the world of visual art and poetry.  I have had some funny thoughts about food and drink poems I want to write.  I think a cocktail series could be pretty funny.  Asking “What would Dorothy Parker say?” is a fabulous prompt I am using. In my heart of hearts I want the ROW80 to turn me into a glib, sophisticated observer of the details of living.  I don’t think that is too much to expect in 80 days.

cornbread that wants to be a poem

cornbread that wants to be a poem

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I have thought a lot lately about whether I could take pictures or create original art to accompany my poems. Good luck in all your endeavors this year, oh and I think that cornbread does indeed constitue poetry.

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Rose Red

January 8, 2015

Thanks a lot. I think the key is to just do it as they say at Nike. Practice does not make perfect, but it does make better.

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Pamela Morse

January 8, 2015

How cool is this! I wrote a poem a day to post on my first blog (free2soar) back in 2010. Each year I participate in OctPoWriMo to keep up with my poetry writing. I love abstract art and photography. And yes, I write. I do love wonderful tasting, beautiful looking food. Now, if I could only talk myself into planning ahead and I’d be off to the races. All the very best with Round 1 of ROW80. Glad you’re here.

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stephseclecticinterests

January 8, 2015

Thanks very much. I am happy to have found this supportive and creative group of writers. Good luck, Stephanie.

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Pamela Morse

January 8, 2015

I joined quite a while back … and now they can’t get rid of me. 😉

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stephseclecticinterests

January 10, 2015

I am looking forward to read about the cornbread who wants to be a poem (still smiling about it)

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Brigitte Kobi

January 9, 2015

I think all food and drinks want to be poems. The Poetry center did a session on food poems last November at the botanical gardens..unfortunately I missed it.

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Pamela Morse

January 9, 2015

I love that you tied a cocktail as inspiration for a poem. I think that you are more poetic in your life already. I think when you are traveling you are much more poetic and open to serendipity. Plus you do interesting things and visit places where you live that are inspiring

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

January 11, 2015

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