There comes that time of year when we have had enough winter and long
for spring, even if it means spring storms will threaten us with
thunder and lightning. The winter doldrums give way to electric
spring. In a sense our writing lives also have ups and downs, peaks
and valleys, and we need all the encouragement we can get to redeem the
time we have by making something of it. Some need only a little push
to get started again; others need to be towed to the repair shop for an
extensive overhaul. One of the advantages of belonging to a group
like Thirty-Seven Cents is the reminders we get monthly that we have let
another month go by without writing. The appearance of another issue
sits in judgment on us. Let this March issue serve as a prod (or a
lightning bolt) to get you started again.
1. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit
impediments. Love is not love"
The last five issues of Thirty-Seven Cents had
articles on irregularities in metrical verse with seven examples of each
irregularity. Lines of poems were given, and members were asked to
identify the poems the lines appeared and the poets who wrote the poems.
Each month, our computer technician for Missouri State
Poetry Society, submitted the correct answers. Now he assures us we
can all have such perfect responses thanks to Google, a search
engine at www.google.com. Simply
type the line you are trying to identify. Put the line inside
quotation marks, and shazam! The answer is at your finger tips.
Try it out. Here are lines to practice on: "A girl that knew all of
Dante once Lived to bear children to a dunce." What a valuable
resource this can prove to be! No more extensive searches of book
indexes, etc. A few months ago I saw a movie in which lines from a
W. H. Auden poem were very effectively read at a funeral. I tried to
find that Auden poem. I knew only the line "Stop all the clocks."
I looked through the complete Auden more than once, and found the line,
but only after spending too much time. Now I know to check Google.
HAVE YOU READ THE LATEST ISSUES OF YOUR ONLINE
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE BULLETIN BOARD OF
THE MISSOURI WEB SITE RECENTLY?
Remember that September 1 is the deadline for our Summer Contest. As members of MSPS you can enter two poems for the price of one entry. Details are given on the Summer Contest page at the state web site. Click here.
A MARCH MINUTE AND A HALF
Why do I look at one side of the horizon
My friend died two nights ago.
SLEEPLESS IN SPRINGFIELD
Just yesterday, my dooryard tree seemed dead.
Here comes macho, masculine March
What is a bee?
What is a drone?
What is a queen?
What is a hive?
The garden community entered the sanctuary,
Many will remember the garden community.
state of mind
Boas swallow rodents,
RUSTLING UP NOVEMBER
The street is filled with runners
The rush of scampering leaf-feet
Don't kick the dog or stomp the cat.
You hear a brand new tire go flat
The talking scales report you're fat
Arriving home, you find a hat
The tax collector ends his chat
Your hair loss prompts a marital spat;
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