for in the brilliant burning
in the white-hot fire
burning our soul
as the Phoenix
or as steel is heated
into a blade
into a tool
or as heat
in the Earth
then catching fire
from the light
in its glimmer
(c) Robin Langston
My new poetry collection has been published and will be available on Amazon within 3-5 days. This book includes all poetry and quotes previously published, plus several new poems along with information about rhythm, meanings, and in some cases ignoring grammar rules for poetic effect.
This book will also be available in a Kindle version, as soon as I fix some issues with the eBook formatting.
Poetry is many things to many people. This includes form for some, no form for others; imagery, rhythm, a play on words, bent or even broken grammar and spelling rules, perfect rhyme, slant rhyme, no rhyme... you may like some more than others, and some you may not like at all. Poetry is written from the heart of the poet, an outlet for emotion, some pleasant or even funny and others quite dark. Some poems will resonate with certain people, and to other people the poem may make no sense at all. The reader may even get some meaning out of the poem that was completely unintended by the poet. And that is what makes poetry so beautiful to me.
Let me give you an example: my poem "Swift" uses a play on words. The surface of the poem appears to talk about love, one person stealing another's heart. If that is how it speaks to you, then you got what you needed from the poem. However, a part of the poem says "...by SLIGHT of hand and swift of feet..." Now, if I were to use the appropriate term it would have said "sleight" which means cunning and skillful. But, by using the form of the word "slight" it changes the meaning of the poem ever so gently to mean "negligently" and in fact almost rudely as in to be "slighted" and simultaneously it means that he was insignificant and tiny in the scheme of things (even though he wasn't it was how I felt at the time.) That is how I meant the poem when I wrote it because, although it is true that he did steal my heart, he also broke it afterward and therefore it was rude and negligent to steal it in the first place and he became insignificant to me after I healed.
Another is the poem "One in the Same." If I'd used the appropriate phrase it would say "One and the Same" which means it is one and it is the same. By instead saying "in" it transfers the meaning to the internal emotion of pain and love merging together INSIDE me to be indistinguishable. The meaning itself is mostly the same, but it is made clear that it is internal by using the word "in."
In my new book that will have all of the poems (no photos) from the four seasonal published books, plus almost 70 additional poems so far, I am placing tidbits such as this to help the reader that may not fully know poetry to find the rhythm or the subtlety of the poem, or for those that do know poetry to understand what I meant when I wrote it. Where someone who is a stickler for rules may instead see a grammar or even a spelling error, rest assured it was intentional so that the meaning of the poem is changed or so that the focus is shifted slightly. Some are very subtle, and some are blatantly obvious.
My third book in the series has been published and is now available for ordering directly from the distributor. Come quench your thirst and enjoy the summer sun with me! Order directly from Lulu.
My third book in the seasonal poetry and photo collection should be released by 8/31/2015. The proof copy is being printed as I write this and, providing everything prints as expected, then I will release it for public ordering.
Stay tuned faithful readers!
It has been a LONG while since I've posted anything, and for that I am sorry. I have been out and about living and loving this beautiful life I have been given.
Now it is time to get down to business. I have all the poems written and collected for my "Summer Sun" book, and I've been out trying to get those beautiful moments to slide into view of my camera lens (very hard when both the camera and my body hate this heat!) I have several pictures though. Now comes the hard part of going through each one, choosing those that fit, editing, and then determining if I need more or if I have enough to fill the book.
Stay tuned folks; my summer book will be published soon.
Some may wonder why I chose to not capitalize "my" in "Winter of my Soul." In poetry, grammatical rules do not always apply and, in fact, are often completely broken in order to portray what the writer intends. In my title "Winter of my Soul" I purposely did not capitalize the word "my," and I even had to trick the publishing system in order to allow it.
Why would I purposely do that? "Winter of my Soul" was written in a dark and somber mood while trying to overcome many things. It isn't just about "my" soul, it is about everyone's soul and the darkness that can live there if we let it. I was not the important piece in this case and I wanted to minimize "my" importance in the title.
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My new book "Gentle Spring," the second poetry and photo collection in a series of 4, is now available.
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Ok folks, the spring season is in full swing. I've had the chance to take many pictures already, and I have been writing, rewriting, selecting, editing, and proofreading many poems since late last year. What does that mean for you? It means that my new book, "Gentle Spring: Poetry & Photo Collection #2" will be released very soon! I am actually in the final stages of editing right now. Once I finish editing and proofreading, I will order a proof-print, and if it all looks good, I will hit the button!