You need to know, I have a fragile muse
fashioned from Venetian glass,
blown out and close to shattering.
Despite that, we climb aboard a gondola
and enter the shadow of the Bridge of Sighs,
sighing and shivering from the sudden chill.
But Venice has its own poetry.
The city knows which form to use
and the perfect words to choose.
An old friend, the city promises inspiration,
a poem, free of charge and freely given –
I’ll write it while you pay the gondolier.
Kim M. Russell, 15th January 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: The Art of Confession in Poetry, also linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform
Anmol is hosting Poetics this week. He has quoted from an interesting conversation between Sylvia Plath and Peter Orr as an introduction to confessional poetry. He tells us that he has been inspired by the nature of confessional verse and its myriad shades, and how it binds the reader with the lived experiences of the poet. He has shared examples of such poetry by Robert Lowell (‘Skunk Hour’), Sylvia Plath (‘The Night Dances’), Anne Sexton (‘Wanting to Die’) and an Indian poet who is new to me, Kamala Das (‘The Old Playhouse’).
Anmol says that all of these confessional poets broke certain barriers and transgressed the accepted norms of society and it takes courage to confess, since this kind of poetry is like an egocentric act of therapy, with poets validating their confessions by making them public.
Which is why he challenges us to write a confessional verse in the style of any of the confessional poets he has mentioned or write something which plays with the ideas they express, sharing our regrets, guilts, sins, humanity, lived experiences, and all that we have kept within. He’d like us to do it with unbridled frankness, hyperbole or hidden allusions and metaphors or in any way we want.