Telling Writing by Ken Macrorie is a real gem. I’m finding all sorts of inspiration. Right now I’m reading the chapter and sound and voice, and–big surprise–I love what he has to say about poetry. He begins by saying beginning writers don’t have to try their hands at poetry. However, it is an excellent exercise in good writing because poetry is condensed language–really wringing the most meaning out of every word, syllable, and sound. He writes:
You don’t have to try poetry, but if you do, remember it is first of all a concentrated form of expression. Pack the word. Pack the meaning. Play with words. Make one phrase say three thoughts or feelings. Remember, sound should speak the feeling you wish to communicate (157).
In poetry I find my voice. I can take my messy, sometimes confusing life and make it right. As Wallace Stevens says,
Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.
Right now I’m at work on a collection of poetry for children, following a girl, Rachel on a covered wagon journey. I just wrote a fun, rhythmic poem about how pioneers made butter. They would skim the cream off their milk (because they brought along their milk cows) and then lash the butter churn to the side of the wagon. The constant bumping and jostling of the wagon produced fully churned butter by the end of the day’s journey.
I don’t know if this is technically a breakfast dish (p. 37). It could be an anytime dish. We had ours for dinner. But the pioneers wouldn’t have had this yummy goodness at their disposal. That’s for sure.
I’d frozen pureed pumpkin in two-cup portions last fall. It amazes me that people throw out their pie pumpkins after Halloween and don’t cook and use the pumpkin in recipes. It’s really so simple to cook and mash. I posted on my other blog a pumpkin pie recipe you might want to take a look at.
I didn’t have pumpkin pie spice, but tried to recreate it with nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. And it was thick and pumpkin-y, but as Kelly later told me, it’s really the pumpkin pie spice that makes this smoothie good. It was a nice treat, though, and got us some good nutrients in the pumpkin, banana, and yogurt.