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Slightly wrong

When I wrote this post, I just started my personal goal to write daily poetry – that time, I probably have little idea of how big the community of poets are there on the net and how awesome and talented you guys are.

Since that post, I’ve read and prompted myself to write various styles of poetry and always very eager to explore. I definitely have tonnes to learn but I guess I’ve seen enough to have my perspective changed. Thank you for sharing your writings and I appreciate your tremendous support towards my poems! I’m very happy to receive generous and constructive feedbacks from all of you, (and I’ve given some too, I hope you like them)

I have to say that I really enjoy these 3 – 4 months of me writing/reading poetry on Social Media – Instagram and Twitter. Pretty recently, I just joined several Facebook Groups of aspiring poets and it’s honestly so refreshing and fun to learn about other people who are just like me, people who have voices in their head they can’t wait to bleed on papers (and screens).

I’m writing this quick post to let you know, how (slightly)* wrong was I with the previous post, the way I saw poets on Instagram as two major groups. (Oh you, A’ishah. Silly)

*pardon my egoistic side of self

It’s hard to explain how my 3 – 4 months experience brings me to this post. But today my point is, I don’t think #poetsofinstagram are divided into ‘poet’ poets and the famous poets. All of us are poets and I enjoy us all. Keep writing!

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Three things, one is a lie

I first played this game at Bill Moran‘s poetry workshop, it was for the ice breaking activity (I didn’t break any ice though). I sat and hide my face silently, I probably came with way too personal things to start with, my feet got cold.

We are required to list down three facts about ourselves and one among those, is not true, almost right or the thing we wish to happen but didn’t or haven’t, and the audience will guess which one is that thing. The Lie.

I remember a lie from one of the participants. She said she does yoga every day in the morning. The truth is, she used to do yoga every morning. Now, not anymore and she kinda hopes she could do that again.

There’s actually a (poetry) lesson behind this activity, besides it being a warm-up session – a ‘lie’ in our writing/poem is an act of breaking the walls in our story or idea, where our creativity expands beyond the normalcy. I think we already do this a lot without us realizing it. For example, when we write about flying or killing. Magic and cosmic elements. Or describing a person who leaves, as very cruel or very divine, with made-up justifications. Imagination. Hyperbole. Added up or substracted details – which make the story more interesting.

It really makes sense and since that, whenever I feel stuck in my writing, I just push and break some walls further and further (and sometimes get people worried about me) Gosh I’m OK. I’m just writing. Chill lah.

Anyway, I had fun listening to other people’s three facts at that workshop but were not brave enough to share mine. Like I said, mine were too personal and probably too short. For me, details, make a dishonesty more obvious. If you manage to come here and read this post, I suppose you like and love me enough to follow me this far so I reveal to you my ‘three facts, one is a lie’.

Two children
Two husbands
Two mothers

#poetry #sixwordstory Reserve your guess

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It’s never too late to (re)-start doing anything

Hello everyone, we meet again.

After publishing on how I write my poems earlier last week, I realize that I actually hardly know anything about poetry. I simply write, based on my little understanding and belief of how it should be, or sound.

I discussed with a friend, about the famous poets versus the ‘poet’ poets. The ‘poet’ poets that we talked about are those people who are really the master of words and literature, doctorate in poetry I supposed. Their pieces are often too abstract and normal people like us might have some struggle to understand them. I guess, that’s just art.

While the famous poets (and they are typically famous on Instagram), they speak in a soothing language people instantly get addicted to. Their poems are flowery and beautiful but at the same time, way easier to understand, sometimes I wonder, is that even poetry at all – it just sounds like love letters to me. Writers like Lang Leav and Najwa Zebian have massive followings on the net and their copies sold in millions around the world. They write to reach and inspire people.

These two categories are not necessarily different from each other, it’s just the balance of internal and external factors. The passion for art versus the intention to touch people’s heart. (No pun intended but that rhymes!)

Looking at both and wondering where I stand, sadly I don’t think I fall into either category.

First, I have almost zero qualification in literature. Even my English is struggling.

Second, I don’t think people can easily relate to my poems. That’s because, I hardly think about the audience while I write. My poems are always written for one person hahah, and even that one person sometimes doesn’t get it.

But, it’s never too late to do anything. And it’s never too late to (re)-start wherever you are.

I’m in the midst of compiling all my poems for a poetry book. I already have around 40-ish number of poems ready and currently writing more to stretch to 100. Being rejected by publishers are normal for new writers, I’m very aware of that. But at least, I don’t want to look so stupid upon my submission. I want to have better foundation of what I’m doing, of what I love doing. It’s like you claim that you’re a chef and you love cooking but your food taste funny.

And so, maybe I need to dig more on other people’s pieces to know what the audience love to ‘eat’. I’m aspired to have the balance of both – to be that ‘poet’ poet everyone can relate to. For that, I’m also currently learning poetry literature basic to brush up my skills and hopefully I’ll get better in this!