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doing my own poetry homework

September 12, 2010

A few days ago, I wrote a poem about September and the end of summer. Yesterday, I got the idea to write the other side of the poem.

A few weeks ago when my daytime critique group met (I call them “the ladies”), I suggested to one of the other poets that she assume a voice opposite the one she had used in her poem as a tool for getting at something she was struggling with. My friend Jason Crane tells me that I often respond to his requests for feedback by including a writing assignment.

Here’s what happens when I do my own poetry homework. I had a poem (linked above) and then I wrote from an opposing viewpoint. Here’s the outcome (somehow, I’d hoped it would come out as thoughtful and surprising as its inspiration, but it did not; it is, in fact, opposite — kind of flip and rhythmic and predictable. I guess the opposite voice knew it needed its own style):

POEM REMOVED FOR EDITING.

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One Comment
  1. September 14, 2010 8:54 am

    I don’t think the second part is predictable — it’s a sensual escapade. I like how everything changes on the page. How we all need spring to bring us summer after winter’s fall.

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