This research started several months ago, and I use this opportunity to once more express my gratitude to all poets who kindly took their time to participate and answer the questionnaire. Unfortunately, the number of participants wasn’t sufficient for deriving credible results so at the end we needed to go with different focus group. I was really looking forward to examining results, but as it comes with any research in social setting, the outcome can go either way.
I hope you enjoyed these beautiful poems, inspired by sky and that they gave you additional ideas for your own writing.
When I feel lost I look to the sky.
She never left,
Each turn I took,
Always watching over me.
Safety – g.m.c.
Lost in the Labyrinth of My Mind (an excerpt)
On seeing the stormy sky
The poet thinks “man must die”.
He sees the young girl bloom
And says “she is destined for the tomb”.
Oh let us gather wild flowers
And not waste our powers
Trapped in ivory towers.
Beware the scholar’s domed head
For we are soon dead.
May our spirit fly
Ere we die
And are lost in endless sky”.
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As part of mentioned research, here will be featured poets who agreed to participate.
This poem is an excerpt from Even those some Flowers only bloom at Night:
“and i know my light
is dull compared to yours
you are a flower
you are a sunrise
you are both delicate and powerful
the source of your own strength
and i wanted you to know that
because it seemed important
and your light allows me to reflect
and turn my own light back onto the earth
and i can’t make flowers grow
(even though some flowers only bloom at night)
(i don’t know why that is, do you?)
but i can make sure that you know
we may be a sky apart
but sometimes, you know, during the afternoon
you’ll see them both in the sky”
Charlotte Amelia Poe
For more, visit her blog here.
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I got an opportunity to take part in research ‘Living with a sky’ in front of St Trinity, University of Wales, where essentially we explore how contemporary humans relate to sky. I thought it was a great idea to perform part of research among poets, as the sky, cosmos, moon..have always been a source of inspiration to artists and writers. With some of you I already had a personal contact/information, but I thought of doing this as a separate post, if it needs some additional clarification. Additionally to that, this is also a perfect way for me to get back on track with businessinrhyme and wordpress.
So what is your connection to the sky? If you would like to participate in this research below are the questions. It would take you only few minutes to answer and confidentially of your data is guaranteed.
As a token of my gratitude your poetry will be featured on my blog and as well as a part of research itself 🙂 You can email me the answers firstname.lastname@example.org, or answer in the form that suits you.
This post will be reposted occasionally as long as collecting data lasts.
Thank you in advance, Maja
- What year you were born?
- Country of origin
- How long have you been writing poetry?
- How long have you been publicly sharing your poetry (via wordpress and other media)?
- Have you been traditionally published author?
- What sky represents to you?
- What inspires you to write about the sky/cosmos, sun, stars or moon?
- Do you have a favorite poem that reflects on nature of the sky?
- Share excerpt of your poetry where sky/elements of sky are mentioned.
or rather poetry of belief?
Many new questions and perspectives are swirling in my head as I’m starting my research. It’s interesting to note how our writing, especially that intimate and most delicate as poetry is, reveals so much about us – parts of us that we are mostly not aware of at all.
When I ask myself ‘What do I believe’, my rational and scientific side has one answer. Hence, is poet someone who only seeks the truth or is he also a co-creative energy, someone who in the here and now as an expression of consciousness forms new identities, never permanent, forever changeable?
Do we need to believe in only factual things, or is it unseen, being perceptible enough to be accepted? Poetry is a wonderful medium for exploring such concepts, don’t you think?
How belief is reflected in your poetry and writing?
Let bring conversation back 🙂
I know that I’ve been silent for months and many of you were asking me if the blog will continue, ext. Well, blog will certainly continue to exist, only the format might change. After my initial hand injury (that still stops me to write as much as I want), some other writing and research opportunities arose. At that moment I had to make priority at which direction will I devote my time and energy. To be more precise, I am doing research assignments in collaboration with St Trinity University in Wales in fields of cultural astronomy and astrology. Well, if you have ever read this post – essentially it means that since I have so many interests (and with injured hand), for me is quite exhausting to be equally present everywhere the way I want to be. I’m still doing coaching with my students so there’s little time for everything I want to accomplish.
The interesting happening with this research is that it is a kind of dream come true for me – combining astronomy, geology, astrology with mythology was something I always strived to do. Additionally, some branches of research will dive into cultural aspects of how people perceive sky, cosmos especially in their art, writing and poetry! How exciting! I wanted to share with all of you these novelties as I think it will deeply influence every aspect of my life, so does my writing and this blog. I have many new interesting ideas that I want to implement and I hope my health situation will allow me to do so.
I will all keep you posted with new developments and there is certainly chance for you to participate (and in such way promote your poetry and blog).I will give my best to be more regular on businessinrhyme as I do miss my poetry writing and reading your beautiful poems.
Hello everyone! A fellow blogger of A Writer’s Path, Ryan Lanz, has announced the launch of his new initiative: A Writer’s Path Writers Club.
After looking at the writing market for years, he noticed a need for a Writers Club of this kind. Sure, there are Facebook groups, writers groups, etc., but there aren’t many associations that are more than just a gathering of writers.
He wanted to create a club where the sole purpose of it is to solve headaches for writers. Here are some of the headaches he’s looking to solve:
- It’s hard to find reviewers for my book
- Writing-related service providers (editors, book cover designers, etc.) are expensive
- I don’t know if my writing is good enough and I need feedback
- I need more promotion for my book
- I don’t know if my blurb or summary is good enough
- Not enough readers know my book exists
- I don’t know enough about what other successful authors have done to be successful
- I don’t know if my book cover encourages readers to purchase it
And of course, there are fun stuff to be had too, such as giveaways and contests. Here’s the full list of benefits for the Writers Club:
- Discounts from writer-related service providers, such as editors, book cover designers, proofreading services, ghostwriters, social media marketing, book advertising, template design, audio book narration, and more.
- Contests and giveaways for free services and books.
- 2 free book promotion posts on A Writer’s Path blog every year (example here). Every post generates a social media shout-out of your book to my Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, and Google+ account (total of 12,900 followers). he’ll set reminders for himself to notify you when your next post is ready.
- Exclusive articles not seen on the A Writer’s Path blog.
- Access to free blurb coaching.
- “Book of the Month” lottery. Winner gets their book featured for a month on A Writer’s Path blog in a tab along the top of every page/post. Also included is a promotional post featuring their book, summary, cover, and purchase links to all 25,000+ subscribers. One drawing per month.
- Help to find you reviewers and critique partners (optional).
- A free copy of his eBook, The Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas & Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller. ($2.99 value)
- Free critique of your book summaries and book covers (optional).
- Insider tips from published authors in short, bite-sized articles.
- Links to free books normally at full price.
- Opportunities to show off your book to the other members.
- Exclusive author interviews.
Feel free to check out A Writer’s Path Writers Club here.
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