Poem: “Are we not of interest to eachother?” – Elizabeth Alexander

Term time is fast approaching, and I’m itching to get started with the second year of my MA in Creative Writing.

First year flew by, as they said it would.

Nothing prepares you for the clattering pace of the hands of time wheeling you toward the next assessment amidst portfolio work.

I had a good first year, better than expected.

Although, I had made sure not to expect too much.

I gave it my all, and remained curious and grateful to be in a position where I could spend time working through my creative muscle, feeling challenged and inspired.

Now, here we are again – the next chapter!

This poem by Elizabeth Alexander appeared in my reading list and I was so taken with it I wanted to share it with you:

(The Poetry Foundation, Alexander, E. (accessed online) www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/53005/ars-poetica-100-i-believe, accessed 16th June 2019)

First of all, I am mad about couplets. I had no idea until I started writing in them.

Also, enjambment.

A joy!

Here, it pulls you through the piece carefully, and not so much that you run out of breath.

I feel there is a lovely light sense of humour in this piece, and the poem exudes a natural tone of voice, with great use of half rhymes and alliteration.

For me, the pinnacle of this piece is perhaps the ending.

I think landing on a bold, reflective question is masterful, and it’s had me thinking thoughts all-day-long.


What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this poem! Let me know in the comments.


#TopTips – Trust

Writing, or any creative discipline takes practice.

Once you begin, you question why it took you so long to get started and dive in.

Suddenly, you are lost in your art, you become obsessed until your fingers and imagination burn out.

It’s through practice that we get better.

“You learn to trust your deep self more and not give in to your voice that wants to avoid writing.” (Natalie Goldberg)