For the past few months I have been totally lacking in inspiration as far as my writing and poetry are concerned. It is very frustrating because I do still want to write and I do enjoy going to my Writers' Group each month.
This month I am really making an effort to get back into it and so my resolution is to read some good poetry every morning over my coffee. Having just read a quarter of an hour of Ted Hughes's Lupercal book I am not sure whether I find it inspiring or whether it makes me feel that there is no good me trying!
I had forgotten just how brilliantly he uses words, just how - in a few lines - he can dredge up so many ideas. There is a poem called "Mayday on Holderness" in which he talks about the Humber Estuary and its entry into the North Sea. I can't print it here because of copyright - but maybe it is possible to read it somewhere on the internet. I love the way he describes night falling - he says 'The stars make pietas. The owl announces its sanity The crow sleeps glutted and the stoat begins." So much better then 'Night falls'.
There is little poetry in the weather at the moment - although I have no doubt Ted Hughes could have found some. Here it is dark, cold, damp and thoroughly depressing. Thank goodness for blogland I say - it is always good to meet blogfriends and share one's thoughts - so thank you to everyone who reads this blog and to all those who give me pleasure when I read theirs.