Making Poetry When You Havent a Clue

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I’m sorry to leave you with so little today, but I’m about to leave the frozen north and I have very little time to write.

I want to you know that I haven’t a clue how to write poetry, but I do know that a certain ambiguity and wonderful words are part of it. This week I created another altered book page, and I “Austin Kleon’d” it. Austin Kleon is a young writer who, among other things, writes poetry by redacting newspaper or magazine articles. Look him up. He’s a very wise young man.

Lord Johnnie, the adventure novel I’m altering was published in 1949. The language is florid in comparison to our current tastes, and somehow I ended up with this rather dark bit of writing. Since the images I’ve made have taken on a dark tone, I decided to go with it.

2 thoughts on “Making Poetry When You Havent a Clue

  1. Love this piece with the ravens! Also re poetry, yes it is much different than writing prose. We can talk about that some time over coffee! Happy travels.

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    1. Thank you for the good travel wishes. On the one hand I’m so grateful for air travel, on the other hand it can be such a hassle. Still I’m excited to visit my family and I can’t wait to breathe in the sea air. We’ll get together and talk about writing poetry soon.

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