A Potted Ars Poetica
‘Poetry can change people, atmosphere, history, attitudes, politics, provide comfort in conflict or disaster, commemorate and witness.’ Julie Anne Gilligan, 2018
Know the rules, then how to break them, make them work for your intention.
If they don’t then make your own. Experiment, espouse invention. Become
a walking dictionary, words are here to use not bury, employ syntax to twist
and turn, bend it all as necessary. To find a form is liberating, sentence,
structure, repetition. Nonsense can make perfect sense, wisdom comes with
confidence. From brain to page much dross is lost. Be bold, be brave, all’s never lost.
Footnote: A Poet is a facilitator, a signpost to hopeful destinations, a map of many paths, ideas, emotions, questions, answers, all in small parcels of metanarrative. Remember, nothing is set in stone unless or until it is your epitaph…and even then…there are ways.
Julie Gilligan © 2019