Writing on Wednesdays: Thunderstorm

I know, I haven’t posted in forever. Full time school and part time work make for a hectic schedule. I did, however, want to share this spontaneous free verse poem I wrote the other day as I sat in Starbucks watching a storm roll in. It was beautiful and I don’t think my words do it justice, but here’s my attempt. I also threw in a picture of a cool storm. So there’s that.

 

Gray clouds, about to burst–

Unleashing the sky’s gentle fury.

The winds warn, electrifying the air

Through which they pass.

 

The world comes alive,

Its greens undulating with each gentle gust,

Its blues fading to a gauzy gray.

Spring’s storm has arrived.

 

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Writing on Wednesdays: “Me”

I really wish that I were more creative with my poetry titles, but, alas, it is one of my many weaknesses. This poem really forced me to look inside of myself…and have fun doing so. You should try it and show me your work if you do. Ask yourself what color you are. Shape? Action? Sound? Instrument? Secret place? Natural occurrence? What hides behind your eyes? Name yourself. If you want more fun exercises like this, check out Susan Wooldridge’s book, Poemcrazy.

“Me”

I am a sky blue, encased in ice;

I am an uncut diamond, as rough as a cliff’s face;

I am twirl.

 

I am the faint echo in the crisp forest air;

I am an anthem of confidence and desperation;

I am Violin.

 

I am a crisp, green valley between two snow-capped peaks;

I am a crowded and colorful market;

I am Comet.

 

Too many words

Hide behind my eyes.

 

Too few words

Hide behind my eyes.

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Hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think. 🙂

Writing on Wednesdays: A Novice in Poetry

writing and coffee

For my creative writing class, I find myself embarking on a journey into the massive and terrifying depths of poetry. Beware, esteemed readers, that my poetry here is…I’m not sure whether there is a name for it. Novice? Senseless? Creepy? Either way, I admire you for stopping to take a closer look at it.  Prose is most definitely my strong suit compared to poetry.

This poem is part of a response to a chapter entitled “Lying to Tell the Truth” from Susan Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy, the poetry book we are using in class. The chapter encourages the poet to seek after exaggerations, to “lie” in order to convey emotional truth. Remember: I do not post these to receive professional criticism or anything; I have a pretty hard Writing teacher for that. Besides that, any thoughts, questions, comments, etc are welcomed! P.S. the formatting isn’t entirely correct on the blog compared to my Word document.

A tame savage,

I beat upon my chest

Frantic rhythms of hushed distress

As peaceful as a silent scream

As tormented as a sleeping infant.

I beat upon the walls of my skin

A lonely litany of turmoil within.

My heart.

My heart beats.

My heartbeats

Inside my chest,

Inside my skin—

They respond.

They remind.

I am

Alive.

tame.

savage.

peaceful.

tormented.

Alive.

Review: IGNITE by Erica Crouch

Publisher: Patchwork Press

Genre: Young Adult, paranormal, romance

Series:  Ignite

Pages: 346

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Rating:coffee cup iconcoffee cup iconcoffee cup iconcoffee cup icon 

Summary from GoodReads:

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. 

As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

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coffee to goCoffee To Go: It’s really a lovely read. It’s not action packed or high energy, but you do get to see some of that. While Ignite may seem like a typical paranormal love story, don’t let that fool you. It’s deep. It’s different. You won’t be fangirling—it’s much too serious for that—but you most certainly will not be able to forget these characters!

Characters—

Pen: Boy, does this girl love poetry! I thought that Crouch’s interweaving of poetry into Pen’s daily life was exquisite. More than that, the way she connects poetry to different events in her life is really interesting. Her lengthy internal monologues tended to lose my interest, however. Never fear! Pen’s wit is incredible! If you like dry humor, she’s your gal. Her character transformation is…wow. Her light bulb moments brought a smile or two to my face.

Michael: Hmm…a little too good to be true. Don’t get me wrong, he has a beautiful soul (cheesy, but true). I just feel like he should have some flaws. Because of his perfection, I had a hard time finding his depth. I wish I felt like his character was a rounder character. I know that Crouch tells the story from Pen’s POV, but I didn’t get to see much of Michael’s existence outside of his moments with Pen. HOLD ON—I still loved his character!!  He thinks for himself; he’s not brainwashed by heaven or hell. He’s kind and wants to make a difference. He sees the good in people that others don’t. Angel-flavored brownie points.

Azael: Please don’t ever let him near me! Crouch definitely knows how to create a demon. His devotion to his sister is really interesting, however, since he is supposedly completely evil. *shifty eyes.*

The World—

I’ve never read a book from the demon’s perspective. Like, ever. And I’ve read a lot of books. Crouch made me really re-appreciate the earth’s beauty by showing it through Pen and Michael’s eyes. After I finished the book, I admit that I went outside and stared at the stars for a while. I will say that I didn’t find myself utterly immersed in the world Crouch created but it’s believable. The imaginative and original angel/demon history is perhaps my favorite part of Ignite’s back story.

The Themes—

These are the themes and messages that I personally found within the book, but literature is subjective!

Redemption

Good vs. Evil debate

Star-crossed Love

Final Thoughts—

Something I have to gush on—Erica Crouch goes down in my book as writing one of THE BEST, most beautifully described first kisses EVER. It’s taking all that I have to stop here. I recommend that you go read this book JUST to read that scene. I’ll give you a hint: I’ve included a snippet of it in my Memorable Quotes section. Now, on a more serious note, this book will make you think about profound ideas, whether you realize it or not. And that, my friends, is what sets this book apart from many other romantic reads. If that’s not enough to intrigue you, the cover is gorgeous! It reflects the entirety of the story perfectly!

Memorable Quotes—

“Light burns through the darkness.”

“There are no fireworks, no music. I only see light, white and pure, and hear beautiful, complicated lines of poetry.”

“Maybe the road to redemption can be marred with a few mistakes?”

“His beauty is so severe that the longer you look at him, the more grotesque he becomes.”

***This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

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