Recently, I’ve been trying to write poetry about the ocean for possible submission to Ocean Magazine.
This is significant for several reasons.
- I haven’t been writing poetry consistently for a good long while now, it’s hard to get back into that deliberate mindset
- I haven’t tried to write poetry specifically for publication in years – it’s a different process…
- I am using several different methods for trying to write these poems, some of which are very new to me
I’ve also been writing a bunch of haiku as well…but that’s something different 🙂
I’ve never really thought about the ocean before. I mean…not poetically. I don’t swim (can’t) and I never really spent a lot of time at the beach or on a boat. But I do appreciate the ocean as an entity. A giver and sustainer of life.
With that being said, I wanted to come from a unique angle and I’ve had a few ideas. For instance: I noticed that when I moved to PA, something was missing. I didn’t know what it was, but I realized when I took a trip back to my hometown (Amityville NY on Long Island) that what was missing, was the presence of the ocean. I never noticed nor payed attention to the vibe you get by being close to the ocean, after all, I was born and raised close to it. Nope, didn’t notice it…until it was no longer there to feel.
I think I found something to explore in that. I recorded some audio of me talking about the experience. I’m going to use that to craft a poem or two (that was one of the new methods I’m trying :).
I’ve also had a few other ideas and have already written a few poems that I’m letting incubate…and I’m actually kind of sad that I can’t share the work with you all 🙁 I want to, but many places consider online publication (even on a personal website) to be a relinquishing of first time rights (which is what most publications buy) and sometimes, electronic rights too.
just like the setting sun is returned to the ocean. amazing on black.