Reflections/poem biography for Re. Composition
P1160355boost and crop ant smaller“Light shifts. I see a French knot,
legs unpicking silk stitches,”

This poem about the perfectness of a small ant was directly inspired by a Magma submissions call for poems about beauty. It is about an ant, but also the nature of beauty itself and what the arts consider beauty.

Based on a real instant in my life, I no longer have the photo that inspired it. (The picture wasn’t a prize-winner but both the poppy and ant were striking.) As it’s not a moment that I’ve ever re-created in any of my later photos, it exists now only in this poem.

However, the pictures here maybe capture an essence of what it is to focus in almost microscopic detail on small creatures easily overlooked or dismissed.

Electric Questions - lit version smallerDiscussion Point

How do you think/feel/react to the jagged mix of long and short lines? Why?

Inspiration/Writing Prompt

Remember/Imagine either an attempt at something that fails or when a big plan goes wrong. What happens? How do you/ your fictional character(s) deal with it? What unexpected good things might result from this?

plentyfish cover (1)At poetry readings, I often enjoy hearing about the background to a particular poem. ‘Wednesday Reflections/Sometimes I smile’ is my attempt to share the inspiration, frustrations, pain, philosophies and thoughts that lie behind my poetry collection ‘plenty-fish’. Each Wednesday, this blog will contain one of these ‘poem biographies’, as well as points for potential reader discussion and also writers’ prompts. My collection ‘plenty-fish’ may be bought from Nine Arches Press, here, or my website, here. More Wednesday Reflections on other poems in the collection can also be found here.