January 18, 2014
As the day on which I needed to have my in-depth project decided on grew ever closer, I was worried, I had no idea what I was going to do. I initially wanted to do writing, but I spend so much time doing that already, that it seemed pointless to spend an extra five months on it. My mind fluttered over ideas, but eventually I came to poetry, which is what I’m going to spend the next five months studying for my in-depth project.
While I am very interested in creative writing, poetry is something I more or less brushed over. Previous attempts have not been the best, and I find myself with a lot more confidence in the writing aspect than in the poetic one. In my opinion, choosing this will be a good step from my comfort zone, still in the realm of writing, but a different type that I can learn.
I understand that others are doing ‘slam poetry’ a more modern percussive type, but I intend to learn a more general type. Hopefully, as I learn more about the art I will find a certain style that calls to me and I can further focus my area of learning.
An obstacle I can foresee in my path of learning in poetry, is turning all my poems into stories. I have done this in the past, and simply passed poetry off as something that was not for me. I hope to read a lot of poetry from author’s both famous and obscure, so I can remain in the mindset of poetry.
Currently, the identity of my mentor remains a mystery. I am essentially gold-panning among people I know, as well as the online community, to find someone who is qualified enough to teach me. I hope to have a mentor working with me by the time of my next blog post, so I will continue looking for one.
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”
-Edgar Allen Poe
I look forward to really jumping into poetry!