Our video resource today was suggested by longtime Na/GloPoWriMo participant Elizabeth Boquet, of Oaks to Acorns. She and a fellow group of poets in Lausanne, Switzerland, have been engaging with the concept of meta-poems – which are poems about poems! In this video, the poets Al Fireis, Lily Applebaum, Dave Poplar, and Camara Brown discuss Emily Dickinson’s “We learned the Whole of Love.” You can find additional background and video discussions of other meta-poems here.
And now for our daily (optional) prompt. As you may have guessed, today I’d like to challenge you to try your hand at a meta-poem of your own. If you’re having trouble coming up with a poem about poetry, and would like to take a look at a few examples, you might check out the Wallace Stevens and Harryette Mullens poems featured in the article about metapoetry linked above, or perhaps Archibald MacLeish’s “Ars Poetica” or Kendel Hippolyte’s “Advice to a Young Poet.”
A meta-poem about poetry, poets and readers
Not everyone’s cup of tea
This assortment of words, called poetry
That says so much, with so little said
Requires a connoisseur to be enjoyed and read
A peek into a poet’s soul it gives; his perceptions;
Thoughts, beliefs and his emotions
Etched out in succinct verses-
At times it inspires, at times it nurses
Sometimes conceived in unforgiving wrath and sometimes in deep sorrow;
Sometimes in the hope of a better ‘morrow
At times in amazement or in ecstasy
Or an elementary wish, to spin a Utopian world of fallacy
Then into blank pages a poet must dive
For poetry an elixir, that keeps a poet alive
P.S. I’m not sure if I did the meta-poem right. So if it isn’t, would be glad to have your guidance.
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