Monday, April 17, 2017

N is for NO KNACK #AtoZChallenge Poetry and Flowers

April #AtoZChallenge and #PoetryMonth
 
Three goals I had in mind while writing my collection of linked poetry:
1. To celebrate my appreciation of life
2. To experience the process of writing linked poetry, a form of Japanese renshi
3. To give thanks for and better appreciate a life well-lived.
 
The flowers are a colorful bonus for the #AtoZChallenge
 
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 N is for No Knack and Narcissus
 
 
 
 
No Knack 

My Toastmasters speech
a dry run.
Tense, but eager
Using clear, concise tones.
Each word highlighting a point
on how the writing process
flows from idea sparked,
to bursting flame,
generating a complete and published work.

Then I swap the breezy artist’s cap
for one of entrepreneur – and
feel the constant drag
like wading through
a cooled pahoahoa lava flow, or
a river of mud.
 
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If you are a writer who has switched hats to market your work in print, you probably understand where I was coming from when I wrote this poem. Do you find it easier to write than market your work?

 

8 comments:

  1. Hi Gail - I'm not out there marketing my blog or thus my writing ... but now I find it easier to write talks up and to deliver them ... it's my voice, and is of approximately the right length for the talk ... so I guess it's one great learning curve - Toastmasters left me cold ... I'm still not sure I'd like to do it now!! Cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/n-is-for-notable-rare-breeds-natives.html

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    1. Considering how interesting your blog posts are, Hilary, I imagine your talks would be spellbinding.

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  2. I dont know poetry much but u write so beautifully. No i will be happy writing, dont know if i can market it, seems tedious 😊
    https://smitasangle.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/e-for-elevator-a-story-on-eve-teasing-atozchallenge/

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    1. Tedious and time consuming full-time job for an expert. So you can imagine the frustration for someone who would prefer to be writing instead. Thank you for visiting today.

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  3. Marketing poetry is harder than marketing prose. And rhymed poetry more difficult than unrhymed. My two bits. Enjoyed the poetry!

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Your reasoning is sound, Nilanjana. I haven't written much rhyming poetry and mostly write genre poetry like haiku and renshi-style linking poetry. I am working on some ideas but still nothing rhyming.

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  4. Ah, you captured that feeling. I actually use both (writing and marketing) to keep each other fresh. When I get stale with one, I move to the other.

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    1. That's good that you feel comfortable in either hat, Jacqui. I do marketing in between writing, but it tends to overwhelm me.

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