Reflections/poem biography for Too Modest

“A rhythm river trimmed
                        with reeds,
             silver fish & light slivers”

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Lorine Niedecker
                     was a great
             American poet

Paring back
to its skeleton

                    This spare frame
graced with
                    natural music

Please read her
                    & feel yourself
reeled in

by each line

Electric Questions - lit version smallerDiscussion Point

How spare can a poem get before it is too spare? Why? What functions might the white space around the words fulfil – in this poem and in general?

Inspiration/ Writing Prompt

Choose a writer that you really admire. Can you create a poem or story that reflects this admiration – either by directly drawing on their life and work, or by using a technique, theme or style that is characteristic of their writing? Alternatively, imagine you’re in a room with them. What would you talk about? You could present this piece in a faux-interview style or using conversation only.

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.