Poetry is my life, and my life is poetry.
Clear-voice muses were loud and true during 2015. With readers by my side, favorable winds stretched our sails, plowing waves of verse from Arctic shores to seas of ancient Greece and Latania. As of year’s end, I wrote ~200 poems, concluding the year with Poem No. 555 (within ~36 months).
In 2015, I wrote ~90 Greek-related poems, double that of last year. This included new voice emerging in December known as “Thera” or “Thoe” with 14 four-stanza poems written in 21 days.
Whilst not one of the nine classical muses, such as Calliope, Thera has a gentle voice reflected in her poetry, at times Homeric, more attuned to life on Ægean Seas as Nereid named “Thoe.” By reading her poems, you can learn as much about her as I do, other than she looks to me as her “home.” To adopt a Hesiod “Fragment,” Thera is “flowing as softly as a dainty maiden goes.” From our companionship, I appreciate how and why Greek writers praised their “clear-voiced” muses, how these ancient writers were “vessels” for Thera and I “…brought pure water [poetry] and mixed it with ocean streams.”
Of note were four multi-part poems: “Livia’s Pilgrimage,” Lexine’s Pilgrimage,” “Shepherdess Iola,” and “Dionē and the Bronze Maiden.” Pilgrimages and Ovidian metamorphosis or transformation occurred with these poetic main characters. Generally, these poems contained a religious component and may have mirrored my own religious “pilgrimage” this year, occurring by air travel and by heart. Of the four poems, the “Lexine” poem contained the greatest allegory, character growth, and one of the more memorable lines on Twitter #1linewed: “She cast towel-wrapped placenta into waves, blood offering of herself and of her son for safe…passage.”
As with many writers, music is an integral part of creating (as is coffee, EGT, and chocolate), including music of Vangelis, Dan Romer, and Alexandre Desplat. Nevertheless, most influential music of 2015 was the soundtrack for movie “The Letters” composed by Ciaran J. Hope (@cjhope). A humbling and compelling movie, I watched it five times. Thank you, Ciaran; your music touched my heart.
I wish to thank readers who follow me on Twitter and for their likes, retweets, and for comments posted on my poetry website. May we enjoy health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year 2016.
1. Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle Homerica, with English translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1936, Hesiod “Fragment 17,” page 279.