Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New to poetry? Too shy to comment?

[Dedicatory note: This blog is dedicated to all poetry lovers, but it specially goes out to fellow Malaysians, particularly those who never had the chance to read poetry]

Well, I am actually a very, very late-comer to poetry, and very much a novice still. I was only introduced to poetry while at university, and though I had a very hard time, I gradually found myself falling in love with it. From my experience, reading poetry requires patience... lots of patience, but the rewards in the sheer delight one feels when a poem moves and speaks to you is just wonderfully magical.

My suggestion then, if you are new to poetry, is to take your time reading aloud the poem that has been posted. Read it a few times and don’t rush to make sense of what it is trying to say. Let the words, its sounds and its rhythm slowly flow over you. Gradually and slowly, a certain word, a particular phrase, image, idea or even sound might catch your attention. Linger with it and take your time thinking and feeling through what it suggests, evokes and conjures up. You will probably get a ‘sense’ of this poem now, and to delve deeper, go through the other parts of the poem, and something will emerge and come alive for you.

No doubt, it is not always the case that one ‘catches’ a poem. Many a times, I struggle for days over some difficult poem, and yet it doesn’t seem to yield anything. Sometimes, there is a missing ‘link’ or context that needs to be filled in to understand it; and at other times, it is the difficulty of the style and nature of the poem itself. So, no one should feel bad if they don’t ‘get’ a poem. Moreover, if one does go back to the same poem at a later time (weeks or months later), the poem might just suddenly come to light then. :)

The write-up we have is our way of sharing our enjoyment of poetry with you and among ourselves. It provides a guide of how the poem might be read, but it is by no means an authoritative or definitive understanding or interpretation of the poem. Please feel welcome to leave your thoughts and comments, participating in the discussion of the poem that is posted. Write anything that strikes you, whether it be a particular word, phrase, symbol etc…. We would love to hear (and learn) from you!

7 Comments:

Blogger Ah Pek said...

are stupid, senseless manglish poetry allowed?

9:27 AM, March 23, 2006  
Anonymous dreamer idiot said...

If it is published poem, yes (there are some good Singlish poetry out there).

Since we are just giving this a trial, this blog will mainly act as a poetry reading site, and we unfortunately would't be putting up new, unpublished poetry just yet.
However, we wouldn't mind taking a look at it, and decide on it.

Thanks so much for dropping by (nice layout at your blog)

10:09 AM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger Yvonne Foong said...

Great idea! But I'm too self-absorbed with my own poems. hehehe... *blush*

6:54 PM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

Hi Yvonne,

No worries about that, writing yr own poems is perfectly good for you. Remember the article on the therapeutic power of writing? It's a means of self-expression and a journey of self-discovery. :)

11:07 PM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger desiderata said...

hi dreamerI

as indicated via email, this poet-aspirant (Xpiry date also nigh)
offers with one tehtarik, yes, from Haridas FuRong Mamak stall, his verses to be shred with posteriority!:(

wish thee every success which is truly deserved, mGf!:)

4:06 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous van said...

are we allowed to contribute?

2:23 PM, June 13, 2006  
Blogger sueda said...

hye dreamer idiot...first of all, just want to know, why 'dreamer idiot'??? is it idiot to be a dreamer???...and of course i like this blog so much..me too, also writing some poems..but it is in malay...do give me some comments, i would appreciate that a lot...

5:00 PM, June 05, 2007  

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