the main problem is remembering accurately what popped into mind so to speak
the poems are a sort of fruition of some things i have been thinking about for a while coupled with imagery i have been visually absorbed in
sometimes it can take me six months to a year or even years to understand a poem i have written
the first poem i ever wrote is one of my best and i just sat down and thought what would i like to do since i was sick of work and the crap of life and then i though i would like to write poetry
its based in my sailing experience out in the gulf of hauraki in nz, just the sea and sky and the clouds..............
vast rolling sea.
beyond the clouds, blue empty sky.
clouds like ropes
coiling and winding
along and beyond
the blue empty sky
that is from ealier days when i was more autistic and is easily my best stuff and just makes me weep with what i have lost with the success of the compendium and the BCD making me more neurotypical introducing the complexities of love and all the other issues
on the other hand if not for them i would be dead
if you write a poem, you just have to trust the poem for what it is
it really pays to read the great poets like emily dickenson, wang wei, philip larkin
on you tube you can listen to w. h. auden and sylivia plath actually reading thier stuff (avoid other people reading thier poems)
osip mandelstham's "the sea shell" is proably the best poem ever written along with shelly's "ode to the west wind"
keats's "ode on a grecian urn" too, it helps to understand there was no single grecian urn as per the poem, in fact he was looking at the elgin marbles
the urn as described could never exist in reality, it is of infinity
"to the light house" by virginia woolf is another really great book
if you read this sort of quality the poems you write will upgrade
this is the work of a lifetime
the only point to writing a poem is your own joy in the words and insights, the general public attitidue is very pissy to poetry, they don't like the brain stress poetry induces
poems come from loss
the writing is really secondary to making observations over a while
they come together in a poem
this poem writing at its best, fun and spontaneous
bascially its just putting a jigsaw together
its very hard to tell the worth of some poems until a bit of time has gone by, its important to hang onto them and look back at them later
meaning itself evaporates, that is what poetry is about