My days recently have been filled with poetry as I prepare for my experimental poetry reading with Catriona Wright, which is just under two weeks away. Never before have I so diligently written poems — my interests usually push me toward short stories — and so never before have I experienced the raw satisfaction of continuously playing with words.
I have also already witnessed a subtle change in my poetry. Where I normally rely on alliteration and half-rhymes to move the poem along, I am now more attentive to structure — such as meter and rhyme scheme — and tone, including the inherent sounds of words and what it means to omit or add words to a piece of poetry.
Above is a poem I will be reading in two weeks (with a few alterations). It is a poetic study of the connection between language and exhaustion: specifically, the poetic beat that exhaustion encompasses and the omission of particles and other words in its expression.
To hear this poem and others like it, come see Cat and I Thursday next!