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Interviews March 10, the poem starts to write itself from within Our poetry reader Grier Martin recently had this exchange with Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, featured poet for Issue What did it feel like to write this poem? Did the act of writing it bring your life to your lips, to borrow from the Farsi expression you mention in the first lines?
How do you think that the act of writing about pain can help to ease it? I wrote this poem during a particularly debilitating bout of depression last summer, and I remember feeling the weight of it in a remarkably physical way.
The despair felt horrifically tangible, as if it was something that was caught in my throat, and I wished so badly that I could just spit it out. Pain is the number one motivator behind nearly every poem that I write, and for me, it comes from a sense of obligation, meaning that I must make the hurt known.
You express quite a bit through descriptions of human anatomy. What inspired you to do this? Most of my poems definitely do delve into body parts and their functions, partly because—of course—organs like the heart, lungs, and skin are just ideal subjects for poems.
But the second I discouraged myself, I also challenged myself—how can I still write that poem without it sounding like a scene from a romantic comedy?
I realized that when hair is tucked behind your ear, you brush against the bone behind your earlobe. That got me thinking—wait, is there a name for this particular bone? This poem is about to write its damn self. How would you say that your knowledge of Farsi has affected your writing in English?
Do you ever write poetry in Farsi? And by that I mean that there is so much storytelling in everyday Farsi words and phrases. So I began to look into some of these everyday Farsi terms as subjects of poems to write in English, or as a way to tie into poems I write about other issues.
I wish I could write poetry in Farsi! Can you think of a time when reading a poem helped you to gain a new perspective on a social or political issue? Writing this poem was one of the rare instances where my career as a litigator crossed paths with my work as a poet.
After the first travel ban went into effect in JanuaryI volunteered with several other attorneys at JFK International Airport to assist people from the seven countries on the travel ban list. I wrote the poem the next day, not only to address the travel ban, but also to bring light to how the identities of immigrants are challenged in America.
Did you begin writing poetry before or after you began your career as an attorney? This was after I started my practice as an attorney.
I get a lot of poetry writing done on these slow-ass trains. Can you describe your writing process? Do you keep a journal that contributes to your poetry? And what is your revision process like? I definitely do not set aside regular times to write.
I do prefer writing in public as opposed to a private setting. Everything I write is typed on a phone or a computer. The last time I studied poetry in any academic or workshop setting was probably in my AP English class my senior year of high school.
I should start though, right? Do you ever read your work aloud for an audience? Do you have any strong opinions about poetry as a spoken art versus a written art? I will say that I am far more inspired by spoken word poetry over the written art. Actually, it was a spoken word poet, Elizabeth Acevedo, that I discovered online in that got me into writing poetry seriously.
The performative nature of spoken art with its sounds and movements always has this effect on me that can best be described as immediate. Usually with the written art, the impact takes longer to settle in. What is the best advice you have ever received about creative writing? I was writing poetry for about a year and a half solely for myself before I shared it with anyone.
I mentioned that I write poems to a fellow lawyer-mentor-friend in the office breakroom at the time, and he asked to read my work.
I brought him a stack of fifty poems the following week, and after he spent time reading, highlighting, and scribbling notes on the manuscript, he encouraged me to start publishing. So the best creative writing advice I have ever received was to share my work.the poem starts to write itself from within Our poetry reader Grier Martin recently had this exchange with Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, featured poet for Issue # Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, her feelings on spoken word poetry, and how writing helps her work through painful experiences.
Edit Article How to Write a Rhyming Poem. In this Article: Article Summary Understanding Rhyme and Meter Writing the Poem Revising a Rhyming Poem Community Q&A Rhyme can add a driving music to your poems, giving them a memorable quality that can be a lot of fun.
Poetry (the term derives from a variant of the Greek term, poiesis, "making") is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning..
Poetry has a long history, dating back to prehistorical times with the creation of hunting poetry in. Poetry Writing: 10 Tips on How to Write a Poem. describe the beauty of nature, or play with language in a certain way?
Once your know the goal of your poem, you can conform your writing to that goal.
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In this Article: Article Summary Getting Started The actual writing Community Q&A Like any other art and craft, in order to start practicing the art, you must first understand it. About • Privacy • Help • Contact; The Starfall Website is a program service of Starfall Education Foundation, a publicly supported nonprofit organization, (c.