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Break Away

Break Away  I don’t feel like crafting poetry, meticulously measuring every word to fit in some designed form, throwing away perfectly good ones because they aren’t rhythmic or specific or innovative enough. Poetry is too complicated, simultaneously too efficient, leaving out half the story, forgetting that the clutter between the words is part of the song too, the stumbles and mistakes, the version before the rewrite, the decisions regretted just as worthy. I have too much to say to limit the emotion to single images. I’m overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start, so I’ll write it all, all the dismay of this one day shared in unabridged confession:

My biggest challenge in my writing is clutter. I use too many words and too many fillers, or at least I used to. I’ve worked on refining my verse quite a bit, but it’s exhausting! Hell, sometimes I want to overuse adverbs and let my rant run free, no matter how inarticulate the finished product.

Lately I’ve been writing in stream of consciousness form. I don’t judge. I don’t edit. I don’t stop. I just write. This piece was the first. I didn’t change a word.

Happy Saturday!

–Leanne Rebecca

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8 thoughts on “Break Away

  1. Very true. It can be really frustrating to try and get things to fit a “poetic” structure. At the same time though, what makes poetry so great is that it’s not meant to be necessarily as structured of rhythmic as standard verse. My own opinion is that you keep the clutter, since at the end of everything, that’s as much a part of your message as the ‘fancier’ parts (something you rightfully pointed out!).

    1. I like the clutter too, which is the beauty of free verse! That’s my favorite part of poetry–that we can do anything we want. There’s still an element of wanting to refine my writing though, and I do find that I strip away a lot of bulk when I edit. It’s a never-ending process. Thanks so much for your thoughts!

  2. Well that summed it up amazingly.
    I’ve always struggled with trying to make things fit – sometimes its a fun puzzle, othertimes it is very tiring and seems very forced, purely based on how my mind is working on any given day.

  3. Your writing is amazing… sharp and deeply felt. I’m guilty of using too many words, building too many ideas and images from a single thought. I’ve become very patient over the years, and try (try!) a more minimalist approach. I love minimalism, but the words have to support all that slender weight.

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