As most of the regular followers (as I understand it, there are some out there, do feel free to say ‘Hi’ sometime) of Forever Distracted by Life know I have in the last few months been bitten by the poetry bug. Having never really engaged with poetry beyond the mandatory level of academia as presented by High School, I never felt ‘worthy’ of reading poetry, let alone writing it. But as soon as I was introduced to the poetry unit on the course I am currently studying at college, it was as though I had suddenly learned a new language. A language which allows me to express things I have never before been able to put into words.
Once I started writing poetry, I started reading it. And not just the poets of history, but the poets of today. By following some of the blog authors that have engaged with some of my work, I have found myself immersed in wonderfully insightful and relatable poetry.
Some blogs, in particular, I find myself going back to regularly.
https://reowr.com is a site I find myself on daily at the moment as it is full of great poetry and regular challenges being thrown down. This mornings sent me down a rabbit hole of writing that has already filled pages of my notebook, and has given me a few more things to share over the next couple of days.
The challenge posed, was to write a poem using the ‘Zanze’ poetic structure.
If you aren’t familiar with the style, or are interested in taking part in the challenge yourself, I highly recommend checking out the original post here: https://reowr.com/2019/01/08/when-the-mountains-a-zanze-and-a-challenge/#comment-10179
I have already shared my first two attempts today. Which you can find here: https://dscoremans.com/2019/01/08/freeform-zanze-fearless/
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