Two Favourite Poets  

warmandsexy52 65M
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7/31/2006 1:28 pm

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Two Favourite Poets

What I love about poetry is the sheer economy of language and that the structure of the words themselves can add layers of meaning that is simply impossible in prose. In writing a poem the most important thing as far as I'm concerned, and I know that such things are totally individual, is to hold a feeling, an emotional state and the words look after themselves, more or less. Not that I can make any real claim. Hardly a poet ....... I wouldn't lay claim to such pretensions .......just a blogger who does love poetry and has grown to do so through being here in Blogland.

This post is a tribute to two poets who I truly admire.

The first is Maya Angelou. Just get a book of her poetry - from the library if you can't find it in the shop. Oh my! She has so much talent and so much range, and you can get a book of her poems and read from page to page to page and find every poem so different ..... not just in content, but in structure and style.

Here are two of Maya's poems. Enjoy!

Refusal

Beloved,
In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your hands
Your laughter brave
Irreverent.
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body’s haste.
Without the Promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.

Prelude to a Parting

Beside you, prone
my naked skin finds
fault in touching.
Yet it is you
who draws away.
The tacit fact is
the awful fear of losing
is not enough to cause
a fleeing love
to stay.


Aren't they truly amazing? My heart misses a beat every time I read them.

The second poet is a blogger on this friendly site - huntress7878[blog huntress7878]. She has been away for several months, dedicating her time to her poetry, but she was voted Blogland's favourite poet, and it's a title truly deserved. If you are relatively new to A.F.F. then do pay her a visit.

Recent poems are:

[post 447561]
[post 444978]
[post 440074]
[post 421486]

Do check them out, and you will see what a wonderful, talented, brilliant writer she is, and understand why I am so pleased that she is back amongst us with her beautifully woven words.


picture is of Maya Angelou



__Huntress__ 56M/58F

8/5/2006 4:04 am

Claim it, Warm, if it is rightfully yours ... and it is ! And thank you for this !

{=}


warmandsexy52 replies on 8/6/2006 2:51 am:
As always dearest Huntress your kindness and support move me. With your blessing I'll lay my claim ......

So many thanks {=}

warm xx

tenorsaxxman 67M

8/4/2006 6:52 pm

Very powerful, indeed. This shall certainly keep me ever so humble in my own feeble attempts. Thanks ya'll.

Tenorsaxxman


warmandsexy52 replies on 8/6/2006 2:15 am:
Thank you TSM. I rate your poetry very highly, you have a real way with words and a skill in expression.

warm

rm_sexxikritter 53F
2715 posts
7/31/2006 5:34 pm

This is such a timely post for me. Just yesterday, I retrieved two of my Maya Angelou books from my sister, "The Heart of a Woman" and "Gather Together in My Name." I also named her as my hero in a post. I aspire to be 1/100th of the woman that she is.
Please allow me to copy one of my most favorite poems by Dr. Maya Angelou. I have it framed and hanging on my bedroom wall as a gentle reminder. Thank you, Warm.


PHENOMENAL WOMAN

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


warmandsexy52 replies on 8/1/2006 4:32 am:
That poem is awesome! Such a wonderful, powerful choice and it says so much.

Thank you for sharing.{=}

warm xx

moonfire2u 70F
2602 posts
7/31/2006 4:37 pm

thank you...those are wonderful suggestions....but you are a wonderful poet...one I truly enjoy too...I also like "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran...

kind thoughts,
Moonfire


warmandsexy52 replies on 8/1/2006 4:29 am:
What can I say when you say that? What words can I find? I'm moved by what you say.

I shall make a point of reading, "The Prophet" soon. {=}

warm xx

CB_2 52F

7/31/2006 3:20 pm

Now that's not fair, warm. You send me to look at the poetry of someone on this site you acknowldge to be an expert before I get a chance to look at any of yours. But I'm sure they will compare well, regardless.

By the way, I very much agree with both your choices of poet, and that's speaking as someone who is not really into poetry as much as into prose. Both very evocative.

CB2

Blogito ergo sum.


warmandsexy52 replies on 8/1/2006 4:25 am:
Awwwww! That is so sweet of you to say CB2.

But beware of poetry! It will subtly lure you into its web of feelings and desires ....... {=}

warm xx

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