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The Revealing English Language
Recently our own badger posted a poem in which he used the term "packet of crisps".   Badger is a Welshman living halfway across the world from me here in Northern California.   We are both English speakers.  But no one here in Cali would ever think of using the term "packet of crisps".  I got it, even though I would have written "bag of chips".   My granddaughter would have written "Tacquis", a type of chips. (The only type of chips in her world, peppered with Jalapenos, hot and spicy.}  My grandkids have their own "English" language, don't get me started on that.  And texting, ik i♥️u2 translates, "I know, I love you too."  Did you know there are poems written in emojis?

I just finished binge watching 8 seasons of an Australian TV show.  I loved it; it takes place … (click on the title to read the rest)
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Thursday is Blog Day at My Place
Hi to any who stop by here.  I haven't been very active in the blog forum, not really sure what I should share here.  I am a student of poetry and what I have posted in the Reference Forum is simply me trying to make sense of it all. In future blogs I will be using parts of that Forum but If you want to know something from the reference section, all you need do is go there.  You don't need a blog to direct you. 

Lately I've been reading blogs at different poetry sites and I'm taking on a new perspective.  I am going to try a weekly post to Tinker's Blog and I've chosen Thursdays.  So here I am.  Thursday, the day of the week when everyone who wanted to get something done took care of it on Monday through Wednesday and the procrastinators are waiting for Friday afternoon to take care of their business.  This leaves Thursday with a little time on my hands to ramble on my Blog without too many interruptions.

Recently Tony has been activating new features here at PMO.  Picks is one feature, I loved his first 3 three picks.  They are well worth reading or rereading.  First he chose an article he wrote about iambic pentameter which I refer to almost every time I attempt a poetic structure with that meter. I have found it very helpful.  Second he chose my Shameless Plug for the Reference Section.  There is a wealth of information, over fifteen hundred forms and genres.  Something there just might spark a poem if you let it. And lastly, a super interesting discussion thread "Where is Your Place" with several responses which I apparently missed the first time around.  His last pick was one of the reasons I decided to start regularly posting in this blog.  This is my place.

So my place to write and share and read and connect with other poets is right here at PMO.  Do I do it elsewhere?  Sure, but Poetry Magnum Opus is home base for me. Every poem I've ever written is in Poet's Archives and I have 6 plus years of research in Explore the Craft of Writing from Around the World.  I'm always adding, improving, and correcting the information there.

And it is here where I can read some of the best poetry on the internet.  Some of our best poetry are poems of place, our place, where we are, where we love, where we call home …

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Iambic Pentameter
The most common metric line in English poetry is iambic pentameter. A poem written in pure iambic pentameter (da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum) can create a sing songy effect yet a skilled writer can deliver the metric pattern without the poem sounding like a nursery rhyme. Here are some guidelines for composing iambic pentameters. The guidelines are generally accepted standards that I try to follow.
Many people have the misconception that a line of iambic pentameter must contain exactly five iambs. While five iambs in a row certainly does make an iambic pentameter, iambic pentameters are not limited to this configuration. Various substitutions (of other metrical feet) may be used within lines of iambic pentameter, and the lines will still be considered iambic pentameters.
The most basic iambic pentameter consists of five iambs in a row:
I want to write some lines of formal verse
/ i WANT / to WRITE / some LINES / of FOR / mal VERSE /
/ iamb / iamb / iamb / iamb / iamb /

Now, let's introduce some variation into this line ...
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A Shameless Plug for the Reference Section
I know some of you occasionally scroll down to the reference section but naturally the primary focus here is the Member's Poetry which is as it should be.
However, with the recent change of format at PMO, the reference section went through extensive "clean up" and a little reorganization. I am really pleased with how it has turned out. There is certainly more out there to research and I will add it when I find it (I am searching all of the time.) but I think most of whatever is out there about the craft of writing poetry has now been documented here.
So if you have some time and are so inclined, scroll down the page check it out.. Or if you have writer's block and need some ideas to jump start your muse the world of poetry is a treasure box of ideas, maybe a new approach to an old idea is just what you need. See how the cultures of the world approach writing.....Explore the Craft of Writing From Around the World ...
Pick a genre, pick a culture, pick a structure, pick a technique or meter, explore! You might find it fun.
The Frame
Epics & Odes
Invented Forms
Light Verse
African Poetry
American Poetry
Arabic Poetry ...
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Where's your "place"?
I'm reading a book by Stephen King called "On Writing -- A Memoir of the Craft." In one part, King says he is in "another place." He calls it a "far-seeing place" and describes it as a place with "lots of bright lights and clear images." King goes on to say that his is a "basement place" despite the seeming contradiction with bright lights and clear images. He suggests that an aspiring writer might construct a far-seeing place of his own and supposes it could be on a treetop, on the rooftop of the Empire State Building, or on the edge of the Grand Canyon.

I thought about my own place, the place I always knew I had since I started to write (though I hadn't, till now, realized it even was a place or considered that others might have such places, too). Mine is at the ends of the earth, of the universe even. Antarctica, the Arctic Ocean, the southern pole star, that "space between the stars" to which Frost alludes in Desert Places, the realm of the aurora -- I usually come to you from one of these places. (I have other places, too, but this is my primary far-seeing place.)

Do you have your own far-seeing place? Where is it? Do tell ...

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