I am a subscriber to Writing Magazine, which contains lots of tips for poets as well as a number of poetry writing competitions. September’s competition is to WRITE A SONNET. I shan’t be entering this one as I’m not sure I could follow the strict verse form as well as punch in some meaning – but you out there might like to. The closing date is 15th October and the first prize is £100, the second £50. Details are on Page 22 of the magazine.
So, I might not have risen to the challenge of a sonnet, but I did follow some other advice given by Alison Chisholm in the mag. Briefly, find a poem that you like, think about what appeals about the subject matter, style and vocabulary then write one of your own.
I used this one by William Carlos Williams.
THIS IS JUST TO SAY
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold.
Inspired by the simplicity, I wrote this:
I have cooked
the red currants.
Drowned them in port
if the after taste
It’s true. Short poems in an apparently simple style are difficult to write! Why not try one?