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Inspiration for a Poem

bird feeders

Inspired by a Bird Feeder and Bird Seed

How does poetry inspire you? What inspires you to write poetry?

Maybe you get inspired when you sit on a bench in a serene setting outdoors.

Poetry Inspiration

Serene Bench Setting

Or does a hummingbird stir your creativity?

hummingbirds

Inspired by a hummingbird

High Desert Blogging occasionally hosts poetry contests and guest posts by writers. Recently hosted by our blog was an incredible writers’ retreat at a desert facility. It was inspiring and motivating. The retreat included mini-workshops to inspire writers by various fun exercises.

Currently, High Desert Blogging is hosting a poetry contest that ends May 25, 2016. Winners will be entered into an anthology published by JoyLife Press. If you are interested, read the contest guidelines on our Events Page. Tell your friends about it, too. You have a great big chance to win. It’s worth writing your poem and emailing it to us as directed in the contest details.

Need a little boost to get you writing? Here is an exercise for you. Go get a pen and notebook. Bring your cell phone with you so you can time yourself. Now read this then go outside (come back to this blog post after the exercise). Sit down and listen to the sounds around you. Observe. Notice colors, flowers, leaves, birds, lizards or whatever comes into your view. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Write until the timer goes off.

How did you do? Did you want to continue writing? I did this exercise today and had to keep writing. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you set a timer. By doing this, you allow yourself the time to do things you think you don’t have time for. You also can use the timer to do those tasks you’ve been putting off.

If you love to write poetry, whether you consider yourself a beginner or advanced, enter our contest. Yes, the poems will be judged. But it’s fun to try. Who knows? You might win. Set the timer if you need to.

April is National Poetry Month

April 2016 is the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month! High Desert Blogging will be hosting a poetry contest later this month. If you’re a poet or interested in poetry, you are invited to participate in our contest. So stay tuned this month as we publish poems, articles about poetry, and features on poets and writers.

Looking for a writers group to learn how to write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction? There is a writers group, the High Desert branch of California Writers Club (HDCWC) that meets from 10:00 am until noon on the second Saturday of every month. Currently, they meet at the Community Church @ Jess Ranch, 11537 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Daily, in April, Poem in Your Pocket Day is celebrated by selecting a poem and sharing it various places you frequent like bookstores, coffee shops, writers clubs, blogs, and Twitter, etc. READ MORE »

Regional High Desert Victor Valley Poetry Contest

High Desert Blogging launches regional poetry contest 

Writer/Poet Mary Langer Thompson

Learn how to write poetry from
Mary Langer Thompson, Poet/Writer

Poet Mary Langer Thompson, author of Poems in Water, is co-hosting a poetry contest with Highdesertblogging.com beginning today, August 1, 2015, and ending at midnight on August 31, 2015.


Mary, a graduate of California State University Northridge and University of California at Los Angeles, has been a principal, high school English teacher, and adjunct professor. She is a phenomenal writer and poet and has received multiple awards for her publications. She is a member of High Desert California Writers Club (HDCWC). It is an honor to have Mary join our blog in hosting the contest.

Poetry workshops, taught by Mary Langer Thompson, will also be held between August 2015 and November 2015. The workshops will be hosted by High Desert Blogging, Hi Desert Book Oasis Used Bookstore, and High Desert Entrepreneurs (a Meetup group). Anyone who is interested in attending may join the Meetup group and RSVP.

Used bookstore in Apple Valley, CA

Hi Desert Book Oasis, Apple Valley, CA

Choose from nine categories to enter:

  1. Haiku
  2. Villanelle
  3. Sonnet
  4. Theme
  5. Curiosity
  6. Free Verse
  7. High Desert Nature or Place
  8. Rhyming
  9. Ekphrastic

Lines are limited to 40. The decision of the judges is final.

One winner per category. Winners will be announced by December 2015.

Prize: $25 to winner of each category

Cost: $10.00 for 1st entry; $5 for each additional entry.

Pay here to enter contest:

Poetry Contest August 2015



Limit 3 entries. Entries may be submitted by those who live or work in the Southern California High Desert’s Victor Valley area, specifically these cities:

  1. Adelanto
  2. Apple Valley
  3. Hesperia
  4. Phelan
  5. Victorville

Where to send entries: email to hdblogging@gmail.com

Entrants must agree to be published by JoyLife Press and/or HighDesertBlogging.com.

NOTE: This post contains an affiliate link which means if you click on it and make a purchase, I make a commission. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!

 

 

Poetry

By Guest Blogger Mary Thompson

 

 

Poetry Contests

            The poetry you write and like will be viewed subjectively. For example, some people love only rhymed poetry, and some prefer modern or free verse that doesn’t rhyme. For either, what judges look for is a poem that is crafted and original. For instance, if you rhyme, are your ending words conventional or what you see and hear in music all the time (love, above, dove)? Remember, music can hide what is common, while plain words cannot. Do the lines flow naturally or does the rhyme seem forced?

            When I want to rhyme, I feel more comfortable with a traditional form, like the sonnet. Here’s the beginning of one I wrote after September 11th, “The Waste Land Revisited”:

 

Mr. Eliot, with all due respect,

 

April is no longer the cruelest month.

 

It’s September that we will recollect

 

As the time we created a new front,

 

Notice that “month” and “front” are not exact rhymes, but what is known as “slant” rhyme.

 

           How do we craft free verse, especially since it sometimes sounds like it came full blown out of the author’s head and so must be their first, inspired draft?  The best have been sculpted, returned to again and again after leaving the poem and coming back to it. Many have another poet read or critique their work. Here are five tips to consider:

  1. When I read it out loud, how does it sound? Does it flow?
  2. Do I use strong, concrete, unique images or do I have words that are too abstract, that one can’t touch or feel, words like “love,” “death,” “pain”?  The theme of a contest may be abstract, but your poem should not be.
  3. Does your poem say something about life in a new, condensed way, like a snapshot?
  4. Are the words at the end of each line strong words? Although some poets do it, try not to end lines with “a” or “the” with the thought carried to the next line.
  5. Have your last line be as strong as you can make it. Your reader has been waiting for it.In my poem, “Butterflies Alive,” the poet meets with a young girl, mid poem:“A girl with hairin simple cornrowsreads the sign that saysthey live for only a week or two.She confides, ‘I’m afraid of dying.’”

         There is a reason for ending each line where it ends. I describe the girl in concrete terms, but simply. The reader can read the sign along with the girl and poet, a sign that gets to the heart of the poem.

 

         Remember, from an image or concrete object, a beautiful, original poem can from you. Happy writing, and best wishes when you enter those contests.

 

 

 

See February 2014 poetry contest details at highdesertblogging.com.

 

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