--nuclear imagery and all the ways our technology fails us
--poems that cover spiritual ground
- poems that use Biblical imagery or characters
- poems that use monasticism
- poems that imagine God and/or Jesus as a physical person in our current world
Today I was putting together poetry packets for submissions to literary journals, and I thought, hmm, what if I combined them in new ways?
I've already done a bit of this in the third section of nuclear manuscript. The first two sections talk about the way technology has failed us, and the third section offers a look at the things which can still console us.
I've also realized that a lot of the poems that deal with monasticism make an interesting juxtaposition to the work life/modern life poems.
This November, when I'm at my annual writer's retreat at Mepkin Abbey, I had planned to completely rework the manuscript of spirituality themed poems. Now I've got a way in to that revision. And hopefully, by writing it here, I'll have this idea captured in a place where I can access it. I can't tell you how many times I've written ideas down on sticky notes or scraps of paper, a system with obvious limitations. I've started many a manuscript notebook, thinking I'd have one place where these ideas are stored. I've often forgotten that I had already started a notebook and a year or two later, started yet another one.
I love blogging, because my blog offers me a place to capture writing prompts and possible poetry ideas, a place to write down revision ideas, a place to document what I've done and what I hope to do. And it's much more searchable than other systems. I also hope that over the course of the years, it will be useful to other writers, the way that the blogs of others have been useful to me.