Issue 8

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'Poetry Splash! E-zine'          Issue **008**
Date : 04 February 2000
Frequency : Once every 15 days.

Arvind, Sangita, Pushkin Passey
http://members.rediff.com/poetrysplash
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CONTENTS
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1. Forms Of Poetry (The Brian Jones Formula)
2. ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... (Sunset -- By Emily Dickinson)
3. Poetry In/From India (Lone Fox Dancing -- By Ruskin Bond)
4. Your Requests! (Its A Dog's Life -- By John Foster)
5. Let Us Connect With Poetry (The business of poetry! -- An Article)
6. A Poem For You All -- From Me (The Gesture)
7. Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers (The COW in ASCII!!)
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Hello,
 
Let us start with these lines from Al Alvarez (B 1929):
"I am sure that real poetry only comes from a live core, a real voice,
which one finds by living as freely as you are able. Drawn from elsewhere,
poetry is slightly confected. I've always believed that we have only one
shot at this planet, and I'd like to try as much as I can of what it has
to offer. Besides doing a lot of different things in my life, what has
also helped is that I've usually been broke. That has kept me writing,
kept me hungry, kept up the tension."
 
Isn't poetry then worth falling in love with? Never a dull moment, never
the monotony of routine, never a slack impulse! Thats what poetry gives.
The sheer unpredictability of creating pleasure that you would go back to
again and again is surely worth all the hunger and tension that Alvarez
talked about.
 
In this issue there is an article on how to cultivate the right attitude
for creating poetry. You all will surely find it interesting.
 
I'll end this note with another quote that reflects just another facet of
poetry: "I think poetry means writing against the grain, writing in
borrowed time. There's an unsubmissiveness about it....I want to make sure
I 'speak truth to power' as Hazlitt said. Poetry should never speak on
behalf of power." (Andrew Motion)
 
Enjoy the poems in this issue.
From:
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           --* Forms Of Poetry *--
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THE BRIAN JONES FORMULA
 
"Poets watch
white sheets of paper
for the first signs of words
like rare bird prints
breaking the silence of a snowfield."
 
The above lines tell us a lot about what sort of words get into what sort
of relationships to create poetry that 'breaks the prosaic silence' of a
non-poetic existence.
 
Poetic values, as deciphered by Brian Jones:
* A simple syntax.
* Must make statements.
* The statements in isolation must focus our attention on what is being
said.
* A sense of immediacy (energy) is important.
* Directness and clarity.
* Must present a world of 'bristling uncanny ordinariness'.
* A fastidious reluctance (earthed imagination) to commit to imagery.
* All the above without appearing baring or boring.
 
What better than ending this section with a line from Brian himself: "I
cannot make the effort to enter a world where only words are real."
This section is adapted from a 'Poetry Review' article on Brian Jones.
 
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 --* ...The Delectable, Memorable Poem... *--
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SUNSET
--By Emily Dickinson
 
Where ships of purple gently toss
On seas of daffodil,
Fantastic sailors mingle,
And then - the wharf is still.
 
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         --* Poetry In/From India *--
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LONE FOX DANCING
--By Ruskin Bond
 
As I walked home last night
I saw a lone fox dancing
In the cold moonlight.
 
I stood and watched. Then
Took the low road, knowing
The night was his by right.
 
Sometimes, when words ring true,
I'm like a lone fox dancing
In the morning dew.
 
(Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, in 1934, and grew up
in Jamnagar (Gujrat), Dehradun and Simla. 'The Room on the Roof' was his
first novel, written when he was seventeen, and it received the John
Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. A review of this book fetched an
award for Pushkin too, in 1995. Read about the award and about Ruskin Bond
at this site:
http://members.rediff.com/ruskinbond )
 
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            --* Your Requests! *--
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Many of you had requested for a poem that kids would love reading. Well,
here is one that Pushkin loved:
 
ITS A DOG'S LIFE.
--By John Foster
 
Mum says
Our dog's
Having an identity crisis.
 
Yesterday,
He went out into the garden,
Then tried to come back in
Through the cat-flap.
 
He jammed his head so tight,
No matter how hard
We pushed and pulled
It wouldn't budge.
 
In the end,
We had to call the fire brigade.
 
When Dad came home
He nearly had a fit,
When he saw
What they'd done to the door.
 
He called the dog
All sorts of names.
But when the dog jumped up
To beg for his evening walk,
Dad still took him.
 
Its not fair.
If I'd smashed the door,
I wouldn't have been allowed out
For at least two weeks!
 
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      --* Let Us Connect With Poetry *--
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**The business of poetry...and the salesman!**

Good poetry, like great sales, is usually a combination of many moments,
many talents, many people and many ideas, all working to create something
richer and deep and more diversified than any one person could achieve on
their own.

I've spent more than 18 years in sales...and I've also been writing poetry
-- lots of it. I believe there is a poet in each one of us, just as there
is a sales intinct in every heart-beat. All we must do is to develop the
right abilities. Three ways are suggested here:
 
1.  Expand the range of your personal skills.
Every now and then, I still run across someone who has a specific niche or
expertise and that's all they do. In theory, by becoming extremely good at
one thing, they hope to command depth. Sometimes, it even works out that
way.

But for most of us, being able to play more than one instrument means
making more music! Broaden your training. Expand your skills. Keep
learning and adding to the value you bring to your creativity! In short,
don't say: I'll write just limericks, or -- I can't write like William
Empson! Experiment with forms, read poetry from different countries and
from different times.

2.  Combine your talents with other talented people.
There are mergers, partnerships, and alliances everywhere. Why? Well,
because it pays to move together in one decided mutually beneficial
direction. Not to pull anyone down...not to fleece the other of their
share...not to spy and steal...not to trouble and harass! The aim is
simple. The aim is to come out of the well, so to say, and look at the
world, the sky, the forms...all through a variety of eyes! To hear sounds
as percieved by a variety of ears!
 
Using the Internet, poetry-alliances are possible from all over the world!
The more talents and skills you have with you in your PC, the greater the
chance of writing a poem...and making a sale!
Share your poetry through this e-zine, for a start!

3.  Diversify your presentation.
For me, in my sales career, customers often want to "try before they buy".
They may want a low price-point, or a short-term commitment. They may want
me to go out of my way to help them, or they may want to read my product
literature. Rarely, they are wanting to be taken for granted, for they
want to know I will be around over time.

So, the strength that you may look forward to is to seriously discover
each form in which your emotions can be expressed...and then try to find
out which suits your style best! And there will not be just one or
two...be ready for a large variation of forms to keep working with. That
is a truth that you will surely learn fast.
Have your website -- it can provide many types of information, and many
ways to sample your work.
 
Connect with poetry. It helps make better people.
 
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    --* A Poem For You All -- From Me *--
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THE GESTURE
 
Giving gives joy
Spreads harmony everywhere
 
Giving is a joy
That comes when you share
 
Giving conceives joy
In unity, as a pair
 
Giving receives joy
And thats only fair
 
Giving creates joy
By shoo-ing away all scare
 
Giving donates joy
To those who went out to dare!
 
--Arvind Passey
 
PS: So why not start by giving and sharing your creative out-pourings with
all readers of the 'Poetry Splash! e-zine'.
 
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Comments, Ideas, Contributions from Readers
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There is poetry in ASCII!
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A Cow In Love!
 
Just lines and dots can make a cow
Fall madly in love here and now!
To do their parts when words appear
A poet is born now and here!
 
--Arvind Passey.
 
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