The Charms of Poetry

From Angela: Tonight I am thrilled to have A.F. Stewart, one of my personal favorite authors, join us to celebrate poetry month.  Ms. Stewart is a perfect pick to discuss poetry as she is a published poet with some wonderfully rich work.  

Thanks for joining us!

AF Stewart

A.F. Stewart

I’ve always loved poetry.

I’ve been reading and writing poems since my childhood.

When I was around eight, or maybe ten, (it’s hard to remember back that far) I asked my mother for a book of Shakespeare sonnets for my birthday. She thought I was crazy, but she bought me the book. Some of the poetic meaning and nuance was lost on me at that age, but I still loved the lyrical beauty in the words.

And that’s the appeal, for me, in poetry. It’s the beauty, the intensity, the joy, in the language. It’s how a few words can capture an emotion into perfection, how the poet can twist an idea, shape it with their own viewpoint, and then fling it out into the world to be read. Poetry can be one of the most immediate, intimate, and visceral forms of writing.

Most of all, though, I love the arbitrary and subjective nature of poetry.

I love how the reader can find something in a poem the writer never imagined. That’s happened to me several times, and it’s always a delightful surprise to see something new in your own creation.

Or there’s how writing poetry can surprise you with unexpected twists. Poems, like all writing, can take unforeseen turns, and change their course. Lines get tweaked, words change, and new ideas surface. And you end with something unanticipated, but wonderful.

Here’s a recent poem of mine that started out as a vague sci-fi idea, and morphed into something different than I expected (I think it was unduly influenced by my viewing of the Klondike mini-series):

Under the Midnight Sun

Here, there is no illumination

but from the misaligned sun

on the far wandering horizon

And in our everlasting days

we spend our transitory sanity

chasing gilded gleams of hope.

Reflections of PoetrySo, why all this praise of poetry?

It’s in honour of April being National Poetry Month, that wonderful celebration of poets and their work, and a perfect time to indulge in their enchantment. I’m joining in this month with poems posted on my Facebook page, and the Kintsugi Poets Society (of which I’m a member) is participating in NaPoWriMo , so you’ll find my poems there as well. You can also check out my poetry books over at Amazon.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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5 Responses to The Charms of Poetry

  1. Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog, Angela.

  2. You said it, Anita. And well said it was.

  3. Irina Dimitric says:

    I’ve only recently discovered the charms of writing poetry and you’re right, Anita, it can surprise you with unexpected twists. I enjoyed your article and poem.

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