"Poetry Man" original artwork graciously
created and provided
Susan Creamer Joy
To say that compiling this list of OS poems was difficult, would be a major understatement. I received 225 poetry submissions from OS readers for consideration in compiling this list, and I could only select 25. Several of the poems were entered multiple times by different readers, so the total number of submissions was even higher than 225. Actually, the substitute editor, Michael Humphrey, asked me to choose 10-20 poems, but I stretched it to 25 after I saw the number of submissions. I am sure he will not disapprove of my expanding the list.
Realizing that all art, particularly poetry, is ultimately a personal thing, and appreciation thereof lies within each individual as to what he or she prefers or likes, I tried to use some general guidelines as to how these poems were chosen. With each poem I tried to have the answer be "yes" to the following questions:
1. Does it paint a picture with words that the reader can readily visualize?
2. Does it evoke some type of emotion from the reader?
3. Does it flow easily, and will it make sense to the reader?
4. Does it have a certain memorable quality with which the reader can identify and remember the poem?
I am sure others have their own criteria for what they like in a poem, but the above-mentioned questions are what I used. I also tried to include as many types and genres of poems that I could: some traditional and some free-verse, some happy and some sad, some rhyming and some non-rhyming, some hopeful and some dire, and also some specific structured types of poetry such as Haiku, Senryu, Villanelle, etc. I did my best, but I could not cover all of the myriad types, structures, and forms of poetry. I hope you understand.
After these 25 poems are posted, I plan on posting the entire list at some future date, so all can see the level of interest in, and the quality of, poetry on OS. In my view, just to be on the peer-submitted list of 225 poems is an honor in and of itself. Bravo!
Finally, I would like to thank Michael Humphrey
for allowing poetry to be recognized as a legitimate art form on Open Salon. As I told him, for better or worse, he will forever be associated with putting poetry in the limelight and on the cover of OS. I predict it will be for the better.
The poems listed below are the 25 chosen to be representative of the 225 reader entries. They are in no particular order. Relax, and enjoy the ride!
* It should be mentioned that Divorce Bard wrote a poem every day for the 365 days in 2010. Many of his poems were submitted to me as individual entries, and were indeed worthy of being selected on their own merits. However, I chose to acknowledge his total body of work for those 365 days as a single artistic endeavor