New poetry project in the works!

New poetry project in the works!

So before the new year is out I wanted to write,

A new book, something different, with a Greek not in sight,

I included a few rhyming lines in the past,

But to write a whole story, well I couldn’t be ars**,

But now I’ve been struck by a bolt from the blue,

Zeus has hit me with visions and out they did spew

Into my notebook, and so I have thought

To write a short story with an unusual plot, (yes, it’s a half rhyme people!)

Inspired by others who have written in verse,

I will follow suit, for better or worse,

I hope readers will like my poetic tale,

If not, well, never mind, I will try not to wail,

So watch this space for my future novella,

If it’s a success only time will tell-a!

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If any of you have read my previous books and my other poetry you will know that what I have written above is NOT an example of my usual standard of work…but hopefully it reeled you in 😉

I have long been a fan of the poetic form and would consider such works as ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ by Robert Browning, and ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allen Poe as amongst my favourite.

Poetry is often overlooked as a literary form of enjoyment and is associated more with academic studies. I read a very interesting article recently that explained how readers often feel separated from the poet and are turned off by apparent arrogance. That I can understand. I have a few friends who will freely admit that while they are voracious readers, they can’t stand analysing metaphors and breaking down unusual rhyming structures, afflicted with alliteration, assonance, ambiguity and onomatopoeia.

I will also admit that being forced to study William Blake’s ‘Little Lamb’ for hours on end scarred me for life.

Yet at the same time, writing my own poetry has always felt very gratifying and in a way, more artistic than writing standard narrative.

This new project will be my first attempt at a story in verse and I hope that those who have enjoyed my previous books will not be put off by this new experiment in my literary journey.

I still hope to write a third book to complete my Greek-themed trilogy but in the meantime I am excited to be branching out into other genres.

The short story will be available to buy in paperback and on kindle as with my other work and I hope to publish sometime in February.

I will be posting excerpts as well as the blurb and of course the title over the next few months so watch this space and I look forward to all your thoughts and comments 🙂

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  1. 5th December 2014 / 10:54 am

    Sounds fascinating! Good luck with this, I for one am looking forward to reading it. My poetry is more like limericks 🙂

    There once was a lady called Ekaterina
    I for one have never seen…a
    but I’m assured there is no one keen…a

    Writing books for us to enjoy
    and now she has a brand new ploy
    A novel in the offing all in verse
    I do hope hers is not as terse.

    I better stop there before I make a complete fool of myself, anyway it’s snowing in here!!

    All the best
    Chris

    • 5th December 2014 / 11:00 am

      Chris, you’re hired as my ghostwriter. I expect the project finished by next week.

      Btw I am hooked on Tony’s shenanigans – it’s such a good read!

  2. 5th December 2014 / 10:28 am

    Congratulations on your new project and on branching out. I’m sure you’re poetry will blossom and though I didn’t plan to have 2 tree related metaphors in this comment, I think I better leaf it there. Seriously, I think it is a great idea. There are so many things to write apart from novels and yet we all focus on novel writing when we first pick up a pen. I can see why you find poetry more rewarding, perhaps it is because you have to make every verse and almost every word count whilst in a novel, a few errors or difficult passages can be hidden away. I always enjoy poetry and my mother used to always tell me that if I needed any help with my English homework to come to her. The only time I needed a little help was with some WW1 poetry (how ironic) and I think it completely flummoxed her bless her so I was left to work it out for myself!

    • 5th December 2014 / 10:35 am

      Haha thank you Stephen! Those are some pretty hard-core metaphors. I might use those somewhere… I agree there is no where to hide with poetry BUT I do love the creativity involved – you can throw in a metaphor pretty much anywhere! Let’s hope everyone is as enthusiastic as you!

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