SUMMER POETRY

Summer is upon us and poetry must continue.  There is no summer break for poetic words. As a matter of fact, poetry contests run rampant. Poetry venues continue to spring into action and invite the world to enter.  Finding out about when and where poetry is going on is best handled by word of mouth.  Summer is a perfect time to try new poetry venues because summer presents itself as a perfect time to experience something different.

If you are unable to go to poetry venues, then other resources are libraries, the internet, the local newspaper, or creative writing organizations in your area.  There are also many poetry websites to discover and research.  All of these resources will give you a chance to listen to poetry or encourage you to try your hand at writing poetry.

For those of us who are poets, I challenge you to write a poem using a new form.        I believe this is one of the critical ways to keep our writing sharp. It helps our mind to think out of the ordinary and step up our level of writing.

If you are new to poetry, I applaud you for having courage to try reading and understanding and writing poetry.  I believe poetry is so misunderstood and not respected as a form of literature that many people don’t even give poems a chance.

I invite newcomers to poetry to look for the core message at the end.  I also invite you to write a poem.

One of the easiest poems to write is an Acrostic Poem.  It is a poem that takes the letters of a name and attaches a complimentary word about that subject. Each word has to begin with each letter of a name. For example, an acrostic poem for the name Kathy may look like this.

KATHY

Kind
Amazing
Terrific
Helpful
Young

Another way to write an Acrostic Poem into use a phrase or sentence with each letter.

KATHY

Kindness filled soul
Amazing smile
Terrific sharing heart
Helpful with everyone
Young at heart

Try writing an Acrostic Poem for someone you care about. Instead of a first name, use a last name for your family.  It could also be a noun such as a name of a city or school.  Have fun.  This is an easy first poem for anyone.

If you decide to write a poem, other than an Acrostic Poem, remember that you want to describe the situation, not tell.  Describe so that your reader is there watching with you and can see and feel every part of your story.

Do not be afraid. You are in charge of your writing. Read your poem out loud and
share with others. Remember, poets and their poems are an important part of our society.  Poetry is and will always be an essential part of our vocal and written history. Be open to listening to poetry and think of poems as songs.  Poetry descriptive words is the act of describing something in a different mode that makes you think in new ways.

–Antonia Murguia

 

 

APRIL IS UPON US!

April is Poetry Month and Fiesta Month in San Antonio, Texas!  It is exciting for me to see our city celebrate Poetry and Fiesta.  Fiesta honors memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

Both poetry and Fiesta are true loves of mine.  Poetry has been in my blood forever.  To share poetry is the greatest reward a poet can have. For people to respond to my poetry is the second greatest reward.

That said, Fiesta is in my blood.  I am truly a party girl, soul deep!  A Fiesta greatest award is celebration because people come together and everything is more about good than bad.

Hence, my blog is about juggling both.  So with a fine tooth comb, I carefully select the events I want to attend, to participate in, to enjoy.  I try to remain calm, but am really hyper inside.  If I get too hyper, I end up scaring my family.  So I try to be reasonable and play it cool.  This is where the epistemology come in.

After the main events are tagged, secondary events are then labeled.  The second condition is time and money.   The third factor is the overall picture of what can be accomplished with the other things going on in my calendar and with my family. This method works well until I hit a kink! Then all bets are off and I just want to scream.

So, moving on…I select a poetry event for each week.  I select a Fiesta event for every other day.  Sometimes, I get lucky and get invited to a poetry or Fiesta event that I had not planned on.   Boy, am I happy!  Then again, sometimes I don’t get to go because of an unexpected situation.  Boy, am I unhappy!

Needless to say, this is the best time of my calendar year. Two celebrations!  Poetry is openly respected and people become open to giving it a try or at least listening to it.  This time also provides an opportunity to hear well known poets speak their craft and here in San Antonio, all kinds of poetry groups are on the Poetry Citywide Calendar.  Listening to different poets and different kinds of poetry brings an energy that is hard to describe and until you experience it ,will you understand.

Fiesta has so many events that I literally have to keep myself focused.  For me its like handing a child an open bag of their favorite candy.  Each year, the Fiesta Association has added new events that are so different and interesting that they drive me batty because I want to attend them all.  Needless to say, control is key!  We have three parades, countless festivals, royal pageantry, Kings and Duchesses!  We have Fiesta metals to collect and show off and drink and all kinds of food from many ethnicities.

A final treat for me is inspiration that I get just by attending these poetry and Fiesta events. A wonderful, wonderful gift for me.

So if you are ever in San Antonio, Texas during the month of April, make plans to have the time of your life.  I promise you will be as happy as confetti falling from the air making you into a colorful rainbow.

-Antonia Murguia

2017 Resolutions

New Year 2017 moved in with good wishes on everyone’s lips.  I looked forward to another year of great poetry.  My 2017 resolutions are simple:  Write More, Read More, Submit More, and Go to More Readings ! It’s all about poetry for me.  Poetry, poetry and more poetry!

Easier planned than done!  For one thing, poetry comes in different ways.  In a flash, like a lightening strike, is the best of all because poetry flows out like pouring water out of a hose. Other times, the first line of a poem enters your mind and sits in a poetry mind folder until you can attend to it.

Quality is what you seek.  Essential words that portray a meaning of your idea in a way that captures the reader and your message in a unique way.  So when the words pour like water, your poem is on fire, but when you only have a first line, it requires more work. The whole trick is to not give up on a poem because writing even a little of it may bring better ideas  on what to say to give power to your poem.  You have to feel it in your heart.  If you feel the soul of the poem, you can create it.

There is an abundance of resources for reading poetry.  The Internet, libraries, bookstores are filled with poetry.  Leaving yourself opened to reading traditional as well as contemporary poetry is suggested because you will never know how certain styles and poets capture you. I love Pablo Neruda, Maya Angelou, and my good friend, Darrell Pittman, and so many other poetry friends.

Finding contests to submit is also easy.  Submitting to contests is good for anyone.  It helps you to learn how to write on many topics. You learn to follow directions carefully.  Some contests come with money awards and some come with a publication package or both. Search under poetry websites and poetry contests.  Make sure and keep a list of which contest you submitted to with dates, name of poems, and fees.

Going to poetry readings is another way to learn about poetry.  Hearing a poet read their poem is always a treasure. You can hear their voice inflections and see the emotions that come from their poems.  You can also learn about how poets puts their images together in describing what is happening. There are many poetry organizations that welcome guests.         I learned that all poetry groups are not the same. There is jazz poetry, slam poetry,  simply open mic and traditional and contemporary poetry groups where poetry is submitted for contests and others I am not even aware of. It is best to try them all. This is the best way to learn about different poetry styles and which one calls to you.

2017 is proving to be a great poetry start for me.  Write, Read, Submit and Go to Readings!  My resolutions will continue to be my poetry focus all year! Sending good wishes for your poetry resolutions!

Happy Poetry!

-Antonia Murguia