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A. E. Housman
Born March 26, 1859A. E. Housman


The gale, it plies the saplings double,
It blows so hard, 'twill soon be gone:
To-day the Roman and his trouble
Are ashes under Uricon.


     Selected Poetry of A. E. Housman (1859-1936)




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The age old question: How do you create, creativity?


Find and take the best advantage of your creative moments


*It always helps to be relaxed with no distractions. (that's a laugh, especially with young children... but there has to be a moment that you find yourself alone with your thoughts?)

*Carry around a little pocket journal to jot down ideas when they come to you. (I can rarely retain the thought or idea to write down later (let alone the exact wording that seemed so perfect at the time).

*if possible set aside a regular time to do your writing. 

->find your best time for creativity:

*Discover what time is best for you to write... when do you feel more alert? Morning, afternoon, evening? Try to take advantage of your highest peak in energy.

*I find that while I am a passenger in a car, bus or trolley, where I am not involved in conversation, I get great flashes of ideas. So, I carry my little book to jot things down.

*I think when your mind has those 'little moments' between the chaos of life, is when great ideas pop in.

Pocket journal thoughts:

It is very distracting if your note-taking is considered a spectacle and you get 1001 questions every time you try to write something down.  These little glimmers of idea are so delicate, and elusive. Make sure everyone knows not to quiz you when I get out your note-pad.   Also let it be known that you will not discuss the little ideas or mind blurbs - unless it doesn't distract you to do so. 

Personally, when I jot the idea down, I like to try and keep that creative frame of mind. Otherwise the moment fades, much like trying to remember a dream.

As a personal quirk, I find these little snippets that come to me are very personal and I am protective of them until I have formed the complete poem

So adapt these thoughts to your own personal quirks and tastes and start jotting down notes.. right now!


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*Poetry Slam!


Think MACRO!

Make your words zoom in on a piece of life as the lens of a camera zooms in on its subject.  


Always Proof-read!

Poetry must undergo many revisions in order to shine.


Stick to your topic.

Make every word count.


Power comes from within: go with the flow!