Monday, May 19, 2008 6:06:32 PM
Esbat, in the pink
I don’t know if it is technic’ly true…
But the moon tonight seems full; full enough
To suit my mood, and explain the too rough
Edges I have to even strangers who --
Meeting me -- can’t quite get away too soon.
Their sidewise glances aren’t annoying. I’m
Used to such things; I get them all the time…
Ah! I think they think: Must be a full moon!
Those who’d stop and chat will be utterly
Convinced: He’s not entirely here… Is
He a lunatic? Or is it just his
Religion? I’d tell them how it strikes me:
I’m not pagan. But I can’t not commune
With a faithful old friend, la belle lune.
D.E. Jackson © 2008 (mark: Saturday, April 19, 2008)
Other than dictionaries and such, the only necessary reference book a would-be poet needs is Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms (A Handbook of Poetics).
Resources on the net are, of course, legion. One of my favorites is Online Etymology Dictionary. Convenience is a consideration, but give me a "book" like Fowler's Modern English Usage, whenever you can: convenience isn't everything.
Poe's The Heresy of the Didactic covers most of what I'd say, were I to "wax poetic" about poetry. And nobody needs to hear more about my prejudices regarding the subject. (Unless they ask...) But I would talk of technicalities; methods and techniques.
Such -- I've finally decided -- is the reason for this blog: Methods and techniques of poetical expression. Oh! And: The display of such on the web... My experiments here should, if I have any success at all, lead me to some usefull CSS for poets.
Comments and suggestions invited. - dej