Jul. 15th, 2011

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I used to keep a poetry notebook, now sadly much neglected.  I was browsing through the pages recently.  Perhaps I'll start keeping it again, who knows?  But poetry was never my forte.  Most of the time, I wrote doggerel when I tried to rhyme, or free verse when I didn't.  Since free verse is almost like writing prose anyway, I just naturally made my way in time towards that medium, with short stories, essays, articles, and what-have-you. 

I even took a poetry writing workshop at UC Berkeley, led by Professor Ismael Reed, a fairly well-known figure in the area.  It was fun, but it did teach me what my strengths were.  Or perhaps not, since somehow I specialized in poetry while getting my English Bachelors and did a Masters in English Literature, heavy concentration on the Romantic Poets.  In retrospect, I have no idea what I was thinking.  Rhetoric or journalism classes might have been far more useful, though not as exciting in the same way.

In any event, here's a poem I wrote four years ago, followed by a later response to myself.  The original poem was itself a reply to a piece, "Dreams of a Lover," by M. A. Mohanraj, who used to edit the online magazine Strange Horizons while I was working as an articles editor.

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