The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Lie With Poetry' by Becky Who

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Lie With Poetry' by Becky Who, a beautiful ode to poetry and all it does for us. Beginning with the line 'If I could lie with poetry as if beside a lover' this wonder of rhyme and rhythm flows beautifully throughout. Here we have the joy of poetry, the escapism, the catharsis and, by the final lines, the primal urge to write, to heal through sharing. 

 

Below, Becky tackles our Q&A and reveals her passion for music and more;

 

How do you feel your poetry has progressed since you began writing?

I started out mostly writing slam poetry, intended for oral performance. Joining the Write Out Loud site last summer encouraged me to start writing more "page poetry" and experiment with new forms and ways of playing with words. I am finding that as with anything, writing improves with repeated practice, and I think my style is evolving and improving into something more refined - due to reading more poetry, and experimenting with stricter poetic forms such as haiku, cinquain and villanelle (haven't tried a sonnet yet). I would really like to keep improving my technique somehow.  

 

Who do you write poetry for?

Me, I think, first of all. But if I have the urge to share my texts, via WOL, YouTube or Instagram, it is in the hope that others can find something that will interest or touch them, and be able to take something away for themselves. As well as for feedback purposes of course. 

 

Do you have any other creative hobbies apart from poetry?

I spent most of my youth training to be a musician (a flutist), and when the opportunity arises I still play a little. Music is extremely important to me and I think that shapes my approach to poems.

 

What was the last poetry book you read?

"Division Street" by Helen Mort. I've  been seeking to learn from reading more poetry, and I'm really glad I discovered her work - I find it very thoughtful and refined. She does that thing of "capturing a moment" which some people would say is the main aim of poetry, and her poems are skillfully varied in rhythm, rhyme and texture.  

 

If you could send one poem in to space to best represent humanity what would it be and why?

I'm not sure I'm well-read enough yet to answer this question.  Can I be silly and say "The Ning Nang Nong" by Spike Milligan? Actually as a metaphor for humanity it probably works quite well. 

 

 

Lie With Poetry

by Becky Who

 

If I could lie with poetry as if beside a lover,

Rhymes like arms to hold me, laden pages as a cover

between me and my reality, the truth I try to hide,

Too feeble for the malice of the world that waits outside.

 

If I could lie with poetry as if upon a lover,

Minds meeting as hearts beat to find the rhythm of the other,

Words caressing skin, or tasting sweet on lips so red,

A burdened love beginning in the world inside my head.

 

If I could lie with poetry as if with one I love,

I’d wish the ecstasy of text to lift me far above

this earthly realm so ponderous, that feeds, each passing day

the curséd monster in us that scares poetry away.

 

But poetry’s the razorblade that’s creeping near a vein,

As if to block out real grief by seeking abstract pain,

As if my blackened thoughts could ever leak in blood so red,

As if the need to bleed could free the poet in my head.

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Chris Armstrong

Fri 5th Apr 2019 15:34

Brilliant - both the concept and the construction! I love the poem as a wonderful piece of writing and as a journey.
"As if to block out real grief by seeking abstract pain"
Wow! that's the power of poetry.
A well deserved POTW!

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carol falaki

Fri 5th Apr 2019 15:23

This lovely poem reaches out and touches home. Thank you

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raypool

Fri 5th Apr 2019 13:45

To be in love with poetry as you describe is a seductive idea Becky and the parallels between the satisfaction of expression and the sharing or voicing of it hold up - however the old cynic here says that it can also be a rocky ride! Thought provoking stuff, and very nicely turned in its rhythmic phrasing. Congratulations on the top spot.

Ray

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 3rd Apr 2019 21:57

The imaginative use of the content and the rhythm that set the pace of this piece are of a high order. Good work.

jennifer Malden

Wed 3rd Apr 2019 18:41

Really fantastic, the last verse really dramatic. Beautiful writing. Agree with Steven A! Well-deserved POTW. Keep up the good work.

Jennifer

d.knape

Wed 3rd Apr 2019 13:26

Congratulations.coming to you
the poet, Becky Who
now everyone will hear you
including Horton too!

wink!

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John Marks

Tue 2nd Apr 2019 23:00

Minds meeting as hearts beat to find the rhythm of the other,

You can hear the music binding the words together.

Well-penned Becky.

John

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Jon Stainsby

Tue 2nd Apr 2019 21:26

Congratulations, Becky

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trevor homer

Tue 2nd Apr 2019 15:51

A wonderful piece of writing - many thanks and congratulations.

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Peter Taylor

Tue 2nd Apr 2019 10:25

What a wonderful vaildation of our quest and ambition; as well as a lesson in how and an education in what.

Great work, Becky.

Peter T

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Phil Kay

Tue 2nd Apr 2019 00:17

Beautiful writing. I love your stuff. I checked out your you tube too and recommend it to anyone who loves poetry.

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Dorothy Webb

Mon 1st Apr 2019 21:07

Congratulations Becky,

"i'd wish the ecstasy of text to lift me far above"

Wonderful.

Dorothy

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kJ Walker

Mon 1st Apr 2019 20:58

Congratulations on a well deserved POTW. I really enjoyed this one, the rhymes were sublime.

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Mae Foreman

Mon 1st Apr 2019 20:14

I'll second the gentlemen!
Congratulations, keep going strong Becky!🎈
Mae

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Becky Who

Mon 1st Apr 2019 20:12

Thanks Martin and Steven for your kind comments!

steven arthur

Mon 1st Apr 2019 12:08

it's about time they begin recognizing the authors that make this site great. good job becky!

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Martin Elder

Mon 1st Apr 2019 10:49

Beautiful symmetrical lines here Becky. I love the flow of this piece and just the overall content of your obvious love of the written word.
A well deserved POTW
Many congratulations

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