After Friday’s post about my poetry and nonfiction writing classes, I received a few questions regarding reading other genres. For instance, Ed Raby Sr. (blogger about one man’s quest to apply Biblical Theology to life), asked “Poetry was something I never seemed to get into. Do you have recomendation for a person who does not like poetry? Other than Dr. Seuss?”
I think this is a great question, because it represents every person who has asked me similar questions about expanding their reading palate into other genres. Personally, I’ve studied screenwriting, poetry, fiction, and (now) nonfiction. Each time I begin a new genre, I learn essential elements to writing I never considered before.
In this case, poetry has taught me to say less but mean more. Writing poems enhances writers’ abilities of creating symbolism and delicate yet powerful prose. So, if you’re thinking about trying poetry, I wanted to recommend one of my favorite poets: Billy Collins.
You can read some of his poems for free here:
But here are my favorite quotes from Sailing Alone Around the Room:
“I can hear the library humming in the night, / a choir of authors murmuring insides their books” (Books)
“But all they want to do / is tie the poem to a chair with rope / and torture a confession out of it” (Introduction to Poetry)
“No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted / out of a love poem that you used to know by heart” (Forgetfulness)
“it moved into the future / like the sharp tip of a pen moving across an empty page.” (The Wires of the Night)
I hope you take the time to read some of his words (he writes A LOT about being a writer) and enjoy his words as much as I have. If not, I hope you take the opportunity to read some free poems (because they are all over the internet) and fall in love with their structure enough to embrace their elements into your writing style.