Monday, November 30, 2009

Illogical Muse Winter 2009

My poem titled "This Is A Milkshake?" has been published in the Winter 2009 issue of Illogical Muse. My thanks to Amber Rothrock for selecting my poem for publication. To read the poem, click the link below:

Illogical Muse


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Poem of the Week

It's Here - No It's There

dandelion fuzz floating
no sound of landing
on a squirrel's head.

Did you think I could be fooled?
It's always “she said” “she said” “she said”
alienating attendee
never going to any events

while that half-written poem
awaits printing
hungry for black ink
on a virgin paper
there is nothing else to be done

a half-eaten cupcake
on top of the LCD monitor
the cat sits on.

Copyright 2009 Julie Kovacs.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Poem of the Week

The Stone Warriors

Four teeth from the dragon statue
were thrown upon the ground

stone warriors of the castle guardian
brought to life
left right
right left
facing the gate
fearless gamer never turning away
obliterated each of them
cracking the whip of death.

Copyright 2009, Julie Kovacs. Not to be reproduced without permission from the author.

Turn Your Dream Into a Poem, Part 1

This entry is part of a series on how to write poems:

Turn Your Dream Into a Poem, Part 1

Some people like to document what they dream of in a special journal, but dreams can also appear as part of a story or even a poem. For some people, composing a poem based on a dream may feel next to impossible, especially if only part of a dream is remembered, while the rest of it remains blacked out during our waking hours. Usually the most powerful dreams are memorable in detail, and they needn't be nightmares, either. Provided it is a wonderful enough dream, something that really is worth remembering, it is not hard to construct a plot for the poem that will essentially recount the dream to readers.

It has been said that poetry reflects the soul of the poet, and for many poets, this is nothing new. Poets draw their inspiration from many places and events; in my case, I draw much of my work from my own background, whether it is during the waking or sleeping hours, thus the title “The Biographical Poet.”

In this manner, poetry is a cathartic means as well as being able to communicate certain events of my life which no doubt will resonate with a number of readers out there. Life is not always a bowl of cherries, but when life hands you a lemon, you turn it into a poem. Getting back to dreams and writing a poem about one, following is an exercise for all writers and poets who think they are unable to write down in detail a dream they had last night.

Take out a piece of paper (or open your word processor). Do not write down any titles for your poem; always save the title after the poem is complete. In the first line, write down the one thing you remember most about the dream. It can be a house, a building, or even a church. Describe this in detail as best you can.

Starting a second paragraph, write down any conclusion you can remember in association with the dream. Even if details are foggy, include them in the document. By this time it is possible you may have remembered something else about the dream, so write that down either before the main subject of the dream, or afterwards, depending on where it occurred.

By now this may look like note taking for an English literature class on a poem taught in class. These notes, however, will eventually be crafted into a poem that is fluid and tell a story, however fantastic it may seem.

To be continued.