So begins April, Poetry Month. In past Aprils, I have accepted the Poetry-a-Day challenge from Poetic Asides and have just joined my writer’s group as we all wrote a poem a day, without having prompts. It can wear you out, but I must say, I learned a great deal about how my mind works and how developing a poet’s mind (or partial mind) helped my prose considerably.
With that in mind, I will be posting something on poetry every day this month. They will be short pieces – a prompt, a poem, a strategy, a quote – all to inspire you to try your hand at poetry. Do with it what you will. And feel free to post what you write on the site – just click on the Comment link below each posting.
Today’s quickie – Remember the first line of a poem is the door your readers go through to enter your poem. Make it inviting, interesting, and, as John Drury says, accessible. You don’t want to put up barriers to your readers.
Here are a couple of first lines to ponder:
Remember the sky you were born under (“Remember,” by Joy Harjo)
Last year, I admired wines. This, / I’m wandering inside the red world. (“Burnt Kabob,” by Rumi)
I should have known if you gave me flowers / They would be chrysanthemums. (“Then Came Flowers,” by Rita Dove)