Writing Wednesday: No More Free Verse

Those who have been around this blog for a while will have seen some of my poetry. People seem to like it, but when it comes to competitions, or any chance of getting published, it won’t do. I like to write poems that rhyme and scan. Modern poetry doesn’t do either.

At the latest meeting of our writer’s group we had a talk by poet Peter Thabbit Jones, and he finished by reading several of his poems. I didn’t understand even one of them. Since he is internationally famous, the fault is obviously with me.

I’m not giving up writing poetry – I don’t think I could. But I am not going to enter competitions or try to write in the modern style. I’ve got too much to worry about with my prose to worry about my poetry!

About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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