Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Poet


All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet. ~Stevie Smith

11 comments:

Brian said...

Strong communication with self is where poetry starts. And when that is not present, it is a wasteland.

Kimberley said...

Love the image adore the words!

Lizard Princess said...

Funny you say- I just wrote the first poem in ten years or so- thought I'd try my hand at it again. It turned out so different than I thought it would- a lot of violent imagry- I wonder where that came from? Hmmmmm.

Susan Abraham said...

I disagree with Smith today, Getzapped.
Every poet is a precious individual.
A bit of a controversial statement, don't you think. :-)

getzapped said...

brian- yes, I'd agree. Just like graphics, it can be pretty, but if it doesn't communicate - it's not working....

kimberly - ; )

lp- I guess after 10 years, you'd have some pent up anger. Good for you for letting it out! Keep if flowing and watch it transform.

susan- I think in degrees. It a matter of not letting the ego get in the way of the writing. I do know that we will be replaced and that is okay. Let someone else express...
You might enjoy this week's prompt "Process/Craft at:
One Deep Breath

Ron Southern said...

Not many who have ever been deeply impressed by Stevie Smith would agree with her dismissive words, especially not about her. In her self-deprecation, she misspoke. There WILL always be another politician, but that won't amount to anything in most cases.

Susan Abraham said...

Like any writer, actor, sculptor or painter, the poet too has a right to his feelings no matter what they are.
Who is anyone to judge?
I would say better an ego that gets things done than a self-doubt or low-esteem that destroys and hides true talent.

Lyrically speaking said...

Hmmmmmmmmmm...interesting

getzapped said...

Welcome, Ron- LOL! I'm speechless '}

susan- I do agree that self-doubt is a wasteland for talent. I would hope the spirit rises above both that and ego, to free the purity of artistic expression. Thank you for sharing your feelings on this. I like it.

lyrical- it's nice to hear from you...

Susan Abraham said...

Hi Getzapped,

I suppose what I'm really trying to say is, we can all write poetry together.
No one needs to step back to give anyone else a turn.
We each all have a time & space that is our own and not linked or soul-tied to another.
I hold on to this view.
But thank you Getzapped for helping me reflect a little & for sharing this post. I appreciated your thoughts. :-)

getzapped said...

susan- it's cool to see how others respond to these quotes and images, as it allows new views to surface. I like the idea of writing poetry together. Like one continuous poem threaded together word by word. Peace to you.