I failed to elegantly recover past posts. Rather than start fresh with a Fast Poem #18, I decided that tomorrow, Monday, January 12, a re-posting of Fast Poems #1 through #17 will begin. They will appear in the order originally posted.
The first poem posted, and which I intend to re-post, did not get the Fast Poem label. I consider it an anterior work to Fast Poems, not in the Lucas sense of prequel but in as in an accidentally happened upon spring-of-inspiration way. The poem, Terza Rima Dima Schema, was written in response to an exercise in Stephen Fry’s wonderful The Ode Less Travelled. The exercise and poem invoked, for reasons I cannot explain, a desire to work on a collection of somewhat raw, barely worked poetry. This desire manifests in the Fast Poem series.
If you are interested in reading (or writing) poetry, I recommend you pick up a copy of The Ode Less Travelled. Primarily written for writers, The Ode Less Travelled holds between its covers significant value for readers, or those who would be readers, of poetry. I mention this because the world suffers a dearth of good poetry readers.
Just because you like to read poetry does not mean you are good at it.
Unlike 99% of the other how-to-write-poetry books I own, and 100% of the how-to-read poetry books I’ve read, Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled has wit, humor and insight skillfully threaded between a really very British presentation of prosody. In short, this is an informative but fun book about the art of poetry. Should we allow fun in art? If there isn’t, is it really art?
I apologize for the re-posting that will occur over the next month or more but it gives you an opportunity to reread, if you so decide. And it gives me a little breathing room.