Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Poetry In A Quote

Good Morning poets! I have been so impressed with the poetry thus far in our month of poems. Today I am offering the quotes of Joan Didion as inspiration.

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work. Wikipedia 


Because of our challenge of 30 poems in 30 days, I am purposely keeping my introduction to Joan and her work brief. I hope to bring Joan back to the garden in the future. 

Please choose one or more of Joan's quotes as a springboard for your poetry.

“Grammar is a piano I play by ear.”
― Joan Didion, Essays & Conversations

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
― Joan Didion, The White Album

“I closed the box and put it in a closet.
There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.”
― Joan Didion, Where I Was From

“I don't know what I think until I write it down.”
― Joan Didion

“It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.” 
― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

“When I am near the end of a book, I have to sleep in the same room with it.” 
― Joan Didion

 “Time is the school in which we learn.” 
― Joan Didion


19 comments:

Katy Magee said...

Technically, it's still Sunday here. But only for a few more minutes...

This prompt did the trick for me, despite my sleepiness. Thanks!

grapeling said...

Good week to all. Cool prompt, Susie.

~

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello everyone,

Hope all is well. This was a really exciting prompt! :D
Thank you Susie for this opportunity.
Hope you like it! :D

Love,
Sanaa

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

It's late. I have pain in my body. I got a bit cantankerous with Joan; maybe for those reasons. Off to bed now; catch you all tomorrow.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am not familiar with Joan's work, but always happy to learn more about the voices of our times.

Thanks, Susie.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Ok, so here's my nonsense... I'm coming for your poems!

colleen said...

Love those quotes, especially the one about sleeping with books. http://www.looseleafnotes.com/2015/04/i-dont-see-blue/

colleen said...

But mine is related to the box of loss in the closet.

ccchampagne said...

Ooooh... Loved this! Had to do a quick one (hate it when life comes in the way of poetry!), but had to do one!

Hannah said...

Thank you, Susie...I'll be back to read...I have to go to a Parent Teacher meeting. :)

ccchampagne said...

I seem to be having Blogger-issues, so if I haven't left comments on your Blogger blogs (or if I've left loads of comments on your Blogger blogs) that could be why! Could someone please tell Blogger that I'm not a bleeding robot??? *grrrr*

hedgewitch said...

Wonderful prompt Susie--thanks!

angieinspired said...

Thanks Susie for keeping us inspired this month, cleverly &often. I had checked out Joan Didion's autobiography,and got beat down emotionally from her loss and pain. I don't think I finished it. Hope I can make a shorter version of such despair. It's easier to swallow, if it's less than one page.

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks so much everyone for your support for my challenge. I know it is a busy time for everyone!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Susie, I wrote to this prompt, but truly it is your spectacular poem, The Price of Poetry, and the info you linked about the plight of Afghan women, that got me thinking. We take for granted our rights and abilities to write poetry when many women in the world risk their lives to do so. That made me think of the Nushu language of women in the Hunan province of China, a language they communicated in, that no men understood.

Jim said...

Busy time is right, I'm in the middle of doing my income tax.
I liked the sayings you listed, that and peeking at Wikipedia are about as far as I got with learning of Didion's work.
I took off from one of her quotes and integrated it with one of Mrs. Jim's quotes.
..

Outlawyer said...

Hey Susie--a very wide prompt. Thanks. k.

Ella said...

Hi Susie, I like this challenge~ Thank you for pushing our boundaries~

Other Mary said...

Thanks for these great quotes!