Nicely said , Grace...and fair ;
I am averse , myself , to heavy editing , and counting syllables ;
Rhyming , however is my main thing ;
I just hear the rhyme / song in my mind , and the words flow ;
I have written much Haiku in my past , all lost through time...
I like free form , with structure , in combination...
As far as Snugglebuck's experience : and I am very glad you
came out the other side of your health challenge , Snugglebuck ,
I had something somewhat similar , and life changing almost two
years ago , when I had esophageal varices , lost 3 1/2 quarts of blood ,
and almost died ; I stopped breathing in the 2 1/2 hr drive in ambulance...
I was in the hospital for a week after the operation ;
Since then , I was inspired back to my poetry , carving , and teaching code ;
( doing seminar in L.A. , two weeks from now , going to read poetry in Venice ,
Ca. while I am there in public on boardwalk , while selling my antler carvings )
So I know how that urgency and impetus feels , especially being 64 ;
I used to read in Berkeley in 1970's , when some of the Beat Poets were still
around , and found great inspiration from those who broke the rules of poetry ,
and also committed acts of civil disobedience...
Then , when rap first came around , I was not a big fan...
As it progressed , however , I loved it , and have been influenced by many in the genre ;
Classical poets , and the Bard himself , have played into the mix...
Allen Cohen lived here in a commune , where I live now , and each year we have a major
Writer's Conference , including poetry ; http://mcwc.org/blog/
Jazz poetry is not only celebrated and performed here , yet taught in the schools ;
This man has been one of our local treasures , incorporating poetry , jazz , and painting together ; http://tobypoet.com/
Poetry is alive and well in my area...has been for a long time...
Of course , I do love much of the poetry , and many of the poets here...especially those strange !