Poetry design | Let’s Talk About It

I generally just write poems which are justified left. There’s a white space between each stanza. The lines are generally short and choppy. Lately. It’s how the words happen and usually I don’t think a lot about how the poem looks as being a vehicle for meaning.

I started thinking this week. Sometimes the poetry isn’t just about the words. The design of the poem can have just as much meaning. Length of lines, the white space, where the lines are places on the page, if the lines create a space. So, the words aren’t just a player, the way the lines themselves are formed can change the meaning or heighten it.

An example of an interesting use of space:

e.e. cummings – [l(a]

When you look at the poem, you’re able to extract two thoughts: loneliness; a leaf falls. The leaf falling is in the loneliness and how it moves down the page resembles a leaf falling to the ground.
Do you tend to create a poem that has a default look like I do, or do you play with the shape, the white space, etc? When you read poetry, do you take notice of how the poem is spaced or shaped? And if you have any examples of poetry that uses white space in an interesting way, definitely share it.

I’ll meet you in the comments!

Let’s Talk About…

Once a week, I’m going to bring up a topic about poetry and open the floor for you guys to chat about it with me. As a community, we need to communicate more and not just with me talking at you.

This week I found an online poetry class for free. It’s called “How writers write poetry” and it’s through the International Writing Program. 

I enjoy learning and I’ve been missing being in the higher education realm. I’m finding myself buying more guides and educational writing material as days go by.

However, when I was younger, I only took a few courses on writing fiction and poetry. I was afraid if I would learn more about the structures and how other people thinks poetry is then I would lose my creativity. My spark. My essence. I’d just sound like everyone else.

Now I’ve realize that I have my own style and voice. Learning new things won’t change me. It’ll enrich me.

What do you guys think? Do you like to learn more about writing techniques for creative write specifically, or do you prefer to go it your own way?

And if you decide to take the course, let me know on my Facebook page. I’m thinking about doing some type of weekly check-in over there once the class starts in March.

Have you considered submitting to our Write for Us segment? We’d love to feature your work here on The Reverie! Click here for more information

And keep your eye out for the official date for the zine release in March!

I’ll see you in the comments!