If I were a poet, which I most emphatically am not, not since the day back in high-school my ode to Paris was dismissed by some trainee French teacher... I would try using images for each line. Imagery can be so very effective at evoking mood, feeling, emotion, memory. It tells the story for the author without a sound being required, using its own unique magic. Add sound (music) or word and the story takes you elsewhere....
I look over old photographs and still remember details pertaining to the moment I released the shutter. I photograph exploring the relation between image and memory so there is little wonder that my memory drawer is also my photography album. Behind every image there is the story of a moment. Sometimes, perhaps more often than not nowadays, the image is a lie. We are all about the image projected on our various social channels (no wonder Plato was concerned that contemporary art and poetry corrupted the masses - according to him, working on an emotional level, art weakens one's character and numbs one's moral and social awareness). Clever the reader who deciphers the message!
There is a story in poetry too, a trapped memory, a thought or emotion etc. You have to be quite the wordsmith to manage to convey it all in a form that resonates with your audience. It is here that I have to confess to my particular fondness of classical imagery and classical poetry. I struggle to see the mastery in the abstract forms of one or the other and so I find that I am sometimes too quick to dismiss the more modern expression of word and / or image.
It is for this reason that I decided to give poetry a go. I have recently been reading some short poems that seem to be quite successful in popular culture and instead of dismissing them with an "anybody could do that" (let's be honest here - we do it so very often with modern and contemporary art!) I decided to give it a try and see if I can be anywhere as good as said poets. So, without further ado, here it goes:
for each other
pass through life
with all the wrong women
with all the wrong men ...
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