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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "Secondhand Sight"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 9th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I love these! <<

I'm happy to hear this.

>> It also strikes me that they're the start of a story in poetry form. There are so many possibilities - a toddler amused by a leprechaun juggling on the corner of his crib, a treed kitten rescued and returned by the resident dryad, or the gnome who rearranges the neighbor's landscaping when he gets bored.<<

Essentially, yes. Where ideas are flexible enough to be told in verse or prose, I am now leaning more towards verse. It writes faster and sells better for me. I wrote two series poems that sold this month, "Secondhand Sight" and "unfolding wings," both in active series. Another looped back to a story arc that has some poems and some fiction fragments; dunno if "This Sudden Sight" will sell or not.

With "series" poems, they're very organic things. They start with a prompt, become a single poem, and then catch the eye of my reader(s). Someone requests a sequel with a particular tangent ... and then sometimes another and another, till it winds up with some kind of storyline. I think this is pretty cool. It's not common so there's very little competition and a lot of fresh territory to work in.
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