Poetry as a Source of Story 

My life has been the poem I would have writ. Henry David Thoreau

The dichotomy of doing and being. 

Whitman seems to have accomplished a major feat by recording in fragments his life in a free form of poetic fragments. Kerouac mastered similar    accomplishment when he hit the road and recorded a memorable record of his inner and outer journey.  

Pick a favorite line from either of these three writers. Be the poem as you cross between reality and metaphor. Describe something without naming the thing. The fading redness of a withering begonia without using red or fading or withering or begonia. Tell us what you see in the poem of you. Sculpt the story of the space where the flower lives.  Breathe life into this dying thing. 

Be the poet. Write. 


About Taylor Collins

Taylor writes in fragments - journals incessantly – the sea a recurring theme. She blogs and works on three writing projects at the moment. She was selected to read a twitter poem, written during National Poetry month, for the “Tell Me More” NPR program in 2011. A day diary was selected for publication in Water Cooler Diaries published in 2008 (De Capo Press). She recently completed a small chapbook, a 12-part poem entitled Flame. Taylor receives “real” rejection letters now – a sure sign her work is being read. She paints and writes in her studio/gallery -- Parke Green Galleries located on the site where the US Constitution was first ratified. She spends time thinking when deep thoughts surface. Taylor leads a rather dry life on the ocean she's tossed about on. Be sure to visit her if you're ever in the state that started our nation. Cheers!

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