Sunday, August 12, 2007

Emily, Dorothy and Marjorie...

In a post from a few months ago, I asked readers to leave
suggestions/requests/ideas to boot my muse.
One of the requests came from Straight White Guy, Eric
asking which poets/authors have inspired my poetry.
The names came easily, but my lazy ass moves slowly.

The writers I relate to most often are:
Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Another good link for Rawlings is here.

What I admire about their work is their talent for brevity.
Their ability to be succinct and clear in their expression of
humor, sadness, love and wonder is what I strive for in my
own writing. Long, meandering tomes often bore and confuse me
to the point of abandoning the page, unfinished.
These writers knew what they wanted to say, honed their words
beautifully... and stopped. Perfect.

Reading most of their biographies led me to also admire their
attitudes and life styles. All were independent thinkers,
strong-willed and outspoken.

Dickinson was not published much during her lifetime. She became
reclusive during the last third of her life, presumably because of
one or more failed romances. She requested that all her writings
be destroyed after her death, but her sister-in-law ignored her
wishes and began seeking a publisher for the volumes of poetry
found neatly bound in an old trunk. Thank goodness.

Parker and Rawlings enjoyed fame and popularity during their
lifetimes. Differing from the genteel persona of Dickinson, these
two were more often considered bawdy, indelicate women
of the world. Fearless rebel types, at times, yet their writing
beautifully expressed feelings and experiences familiar to many
people. Their words struck common chords using raw descriptions.

To meld the best of these three in my life as well as in my words...
a worthwhile goal.


Winston said...

Jean, this is a beautifully inspired response to Eric's question. Your description of these three knowing "what they wanted to say, honed their words beautifully... and stopped. Perfect." is in itself perfection.

If you have tried to meld the best of these three, then I am left quite intrigued by someone who may be bawdily genteel, or is it genteelly bawdy?

Jean said...

Winston - I think I can be either, depending on circumstances :)
Thank you, sir.

Erica said...

"Long, meandering tomes often bore and confuse me."

Me too. And failed romances just make me work harder.

Jean said...

Erica - when they all fail, there isn't much else left to do...

boneman said...

closely resembling the boneheaded boneman, and back in action!

write something new!

Jean said...

woohoo!...glad you got it back, but it's still not quite right. :(
Pondering next post...

kdzu said...

You choose wisely, I think, your models for inspiration. I just like your work, with no idea of where it came from. Now that I know, I still like it.

Jean said...

Larry, that is one of the nicest compliments... ever. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

... wow.. you did my humble question proud, Jean.... you have both the high-brow and low-brow completely intermixed.... that is a great feat.... congrats!....

... and your understanding of those poetesses is great.. truly great....

Jean said...

Eric - thank you, sir. And, I apologize for taking so long.

boneman said...

...ah yes. Another hoop yet to leap through.

I registered just now. Should be within the next decade or so by the time it gets "ok"

As an experiment, since I can't seem to get to the danged place by hand
(no laughing)
I'm going to try to wander over by clicking on my last comment.

Which may or may not work, but, at least I'm trying, eh?

Jean said...

Good luck with that, Berry!
I left two comments on the new blog...

k said...