In browsing an ebook about writing modern poetry, one of the exercises struck me as humorous: word association! In which the author has listed words and we respond with what word we think should come next. Do you want to play?
Love is on here twice, as is music. I'm not sure why, other than the fact that this book is poorly edited. This would be a fun game to play with someone you're getting to know, or even with old friends, as it demonstrates aspects of his thought process that you mightn't anticipate! I think I'll mention this to my therapist -- it might be an interesting way to spend a session hour!
Here are my responses!
pain (ful) memories
moon "la mia madre la dea selene"
A lot of my phrases don't make sense... my associations are too far apart for that. Whoever heard of a poetry mass? Although I might go to church if they started having poetry masses! And, of course, I am fluent in Sea Speak! Some of my responses are pretty standard. For instance, "ice cream." Maybe I'm hungry.
I'm not getting much out of this book, however. And I don't necessarily agree with the definition of "bad poetry" the author uses. A bad poem is one that is "vague and blurred." Oh, really? I read a lot of poetry that's just like reading an inner monologue, and I find that bad (and boring)! Also, he avers that bad poetry is "thrown at us by every corner of the world because people do not pay attention to what they're writing." No one pays more attention to what they're writing than writers, be they poets or not.
The book, How to Write Modern Poetry, isn't widely available anymore, but if you want to take a peek at it, Google Books has it here
And have a stanza from one of my "bad poems," summing up my feelings for vociferous writing pundits.
If it's a wholesome metaphor
your hands and morals prowl for,
I've been silenced by stockings,
porn, the kinks and kicks of my kind—
the gags of political sex:
I'm not your apologetic orator.
I think this tension I've created calls for a relaxing quokka picture