The Pull of Poetry Writing

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “Who? What? Why?  (Posted by Toni)
I would like you all to write a haibun about what/who inspired you to write poetry. I would like you to give us your age and other circumstances. For example, I wrote my first haiku at the age of six, inspired by a neighbor/friend who was a professor of Asian Studies at Duke University. But now we come to the next part: what poet influenced or still influences you? What was it about that poet that grabbed your interest? What were the circumstances?
But the why is the most difficult part. Why do you write poetry? Do you write from anger? Do you write from love or sadness or from being abused or having a difficult childhood? Or a good childhood?

Wednesdays were assembly days. Only on that day did we have a dress code.  Dark
skirt(pants), white blouse (shirt), and red kerchief (tie) knotted ’round
the neck. Moon race was heating up. We were being patriotic, inspiring
me to pen a poem about astronauts going to the moon.

Nancy Drew was my hero. I began writing what I thought were short mysteries.
I finally realized I did not feel a strong enough pull in that direction. Introspection after
reading Raymond Carver and Alice Munro urged a wider genre of short stories.
Then, Poe arrive on the scene, Maya Angelou, and Sharon Olds. I was hooked by the rhythm of poetry, and began a full time love affair with it. It is freeing for me. I can be me, or someone or something else. Free verse, rhymes and non-rhymes, and forms are all challenges waiting to be explored, and I, Dora.

snow keeps falling
heavy flakes float past window
in all different shapes

Haibun Monday: Who? What? Why?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to The Pull of Poetry Writing

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like Sharon Olds’ poems and Raymond Carver’s stories also.

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  2. Jo Aylard says:

    Even though you decided to go in a different direction, I got such a kick reading about how Nancy Drew books inspired you. She was my first heroine as well. I thought ‘I was hooked by the rhythm of poetry and began a life long love affair with it’ was a great line!


  3. Vivian Zems says:

    Love that you can be anyone or anything through poetry…..freeing indeed.


  4. Suzanne says:

    The rhythms of poetry certainly do inspire. I like your haiku at the end. 🙂


  5. “I can be me, or someone or something else.” I find most poets will only write non-fiction but I love to tell stories in a voice other than mine.


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