Thursday, May 25, 2017

Poet Rant

Hello Poetteers,

I love finding poetry books from poets I find online. It's kind of disappointing when half the the poems in their books are poems they have shared online before the book is published.

I have to confess I once did the same thing. I'm more conscious of it now.

One or two sneak peeks are fine for promotion but more than that and what's the point of getting the book unless the poet's work is something you read and can read it multiple times. They have to be really good to be able to have that. Some poems I read multiple times and it still surprises you. Other poems I've read once and it's enough for that one time because they are simple. It's hard to explain but I hope it makes sense.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How To Poetry Chat

Hello Poetteers,

I started #PoetteerChat because I barely saw any twitter chats about poetry. That is starting to change.

How to participate
  • Chats are time specific, so be timely. 
  • Use hashtag specific to chat, so that everyone participating can see what you have to say. 
  • Questions are presented as Q1, Q2, etc. Answer them by using A1, A2, etc. 
  • Engage with other participants. Invite those who may be interested. 
  • Suggest topics for future chats. 

How to host
  • Choose a day and time. 
  • Choose theme or topic. 
  • It can be a one-time thing. If re-occurring, make it weekly or monthly. 
  • Create a Twitter list for those who participate and want reminders.
  • Batch create questions to go with a specific topic. Do it ahead of time. 5 to 6 questions are the average amount for an hour long chat. 
  • Make graphics to go with reminders and questions. 

Examples of what to chat about
  • Poetry Writing Sessions 
  • Book club
  • Bring guests 
  • Different topics of chosen theme
  • Celebrate writing or book anniversary

Stay inspired,

Fida 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

100 Day Project Reflection

Hello Poetteers,


I was running on the excitement of a new idea and working on something new. But then it wore off and I fell behind. I kept going and at one point I thought I didn't love this idea anymore. I wanted to quit. I told myself no. I still love this idea. I just need a little more wiggle room. So I changed up some things.

When I started the project I limited myself to one book but then I let myself use any of my books. As you saw I tried to keep organized by going in order of the book. I switched to doing what calls to me. Drawing the Muslim girls was my favorite part. It felt like I needed to do a new piece every day but I let myself redraw something if I felt the need to do so.

I fell behind for a few days and caught up. But I fell behind for a week and caught back up. But then I fell behind again. I saw some people use the progress pictures as part of the project. I decided to try it out and it helped me catch up. 

Maybe the structure of the project isn't for me or the idea I chose is not for me or it simply isn't a priority for me.

My word of the year is strength. There is strength in keeping going but there is also strength in realizing what bogs you down vs what lights you up. I'm glad I tried this. I'll be drawing a final piece and saying bye to this project. Thank you for following along on this short experimental journey.

Day 33. This is my last piece for #the100dayproject.
From my poem, Knock, in my book, Hugs & Kisses.

Do you ever change up or quit your project after you start?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bring Positivity to the World

Hello Poetteers,


In the beginning of the month, there was an imperfect boss campaign. It was changed up a bit for us to share the good things we bring to the world. I wanted to share on here what I wrote.

A year ago I made the declaration that this is a positive space. I really feel it's true. I've heard people say that they feel the positivity when they come into my space. They feel the encouragement and inspiration when they read my work and speak to me. I want to continue to live through that declaration.

Inspire. It's the word I live by. I've been an indie author for almost four years and only in the past year do I really feel my writing is noticed. When people started to tell me that my work touched them, it surprised me. It feels good to know that when it's all you wanted to do.

We sometimes, myself included, get caught up in our work and forget about the journey. I looked back and again it surprised me. I built this dream.

Stay inspired,

Fida

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Announcing Hijab & Prompt Books

Hello Poetteers,


Challenges come in many ways. Small or big. I'll be stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing something different. All my collections have been self-published. Before self-publishing, let alone the decision to publish, that was outside of my comfort zone. Now that is my new comfort zone.

I've been working on a new poetry collection. It's about my journey with hijab and disability. See my journey with hijab. From being naive to seeing the complexities. See how I deal with my disability and anxiety. See how love helped with all of this.

My plan for it is to submit it to a few publishers/press. It's scary yet exciting!!

Add to Goodreads.

But that isn't the only thing I'm working on. As you know I've been creating monthly poetry bundles and now I'm working on a prompt book. It's divided into three parts. The first is of loving your body, mind and taking care of it. The second part is about appreciating culture. The last part is about being honest with yourself and the activism we do. Each prompt has a set of questions along with sentence starters and poetry formats.

Add to Goodreads.

Both books don't have titles yet as I have a list of several titles I'm going back and forth on.

Stay tuned for updates,

Fida

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Factors in Our Writing Changes

Hello Poetteers,


You may not notice this. I didn't either. Our writing/art changes with the seasons or weather. I do know that the environment has an effect on our writing. It may get darker. Maybe different from what you usually do. With a rainy day or in a dark environment I may not write as much or at all. When it’s sunny or I’m in a well-lit place I’ll be in a writing flow. Being in a room where I see others being productive like in a coffee shop or bookstore I am able to write more.

What you read and write or simply the mood you’re in will affect your writing. Sometimes your mind is in a different place, wanting you to write something or work on something else altogether. For example, you have to write a blog post but you keep thinking of the story you want to add to or maybe it’s the other way around. Take a break to switch it up. You can come back to it later that day.

If you are in a bad mood you write something dark or the opposite of it to pull yourself out of it. Maybe you write more instead of less when there is a feeling of darkness. I know both writing less or writing more has happened to me when darkness is around. If you write something or read something dark it puts a damper on your mood and you feel like you don’t want to do anything near that.

How does any of these things affect your writing?

Stay inspired,

Fida

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Publishers That Publish Poetry Books

Hello Poetteers,


As I was doing my own research for poetry publishers this question popped up on my feed: Does anyone know any publishers that publish poetry books?

Later on while hosting #PoetteerChat I asked what everyone’s plan is for a year from now. Most of you said to be published. I promised a list of publishers, so here’s the top 5 I found. Along with the publisher, I will mention the poets they represent. I want to work with someone I can trust. Seeing familiar names makes them more trustable in my opinion.
  1. Andrew McMeel - has published Amanda Lovelace, Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur and more. 
  2. Dancing Girl Press - has published our very own Amanda N. Butler. 
  3. Bottlecap Press - has published Courtney LeBlanc 
  4. Button Poetry - has published Olivia Gatwood, Sierra DeMulder and more. 
  5. Two Sylvias Press - has published Jeannine Hall Gailey, Kelli Russell Agodon, Martha Silano and more. 
Are there any other publishers I should know of?

Stay inspired,

Fida

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Poet Life: Dream vs Reality

Hello Poetteers,


A dream day of a poet would be to spend the whole day reading and writing poetry and chatting with fellow poets. But the reality is that we have to balance poetry with life.

You might be able to squeeze in an hour of reading a poetry collection or writing poetry. We would love to have all our poetry in one place in a virtual folder or physical notebook. There is a chance to try that. But throughout the day with a job, family, cooking, etc we don’t have time to write, so you have scraps of paper everywhere with poetry ideas and verses jotted down. Sometimes you forget why that line came to mind and where you were going with it. I haven’t tried it yet, but you can use an audio recording device or feature on your phone to help you better understand your thoughts later when you finally get the time to sit down.

I consider my life with poetry to almost be my ideal lifestyle. How does poetry look like in your daily life?

Stay inspired,

Fida

Friday, April 28, 2017

Changing it Up in May Prompts

Hello Poetteers,

Last month I told you there would be a change in the prompts. I'm going from having daily prompts to weekly prompts. #dailypoetrygram will be retiring after a year of prompts. There is a hope that each month will have its own hashtag unique to the prompts.

The May prompts and poems have a new hashtag. You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference. Share the poems on Instagram using #ThreadsOfPoetry and tag me @poetfida.

For in-depth questions to help with these word prompts you can purchase the poetry bundle. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Verse

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter V. This is the last challenge I will be blogging about. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt

Verse

Questions
  1. What is your favorite verse from the Bible/Torah/Quran?
  2. Why is it your favorite?
  3. What does it mean to you?
  4. How is it incorporated into your life?
  5. Did it change your life and how?
Include the actual verse somewhere in the poem. Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Stay inspired,

Fida

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Quit

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter Q. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Quit

Questions
  1. What are you currently trying to do?
  2. What did you give up on?
  3. Why did you give up on it?
  4. Was it a good or bad choice to give it up?

Poetry Form
Quatern: This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
  • Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
  • The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.
  • There are no rules for rhyming or iambics. (source).

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Love

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter L. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Love and Lost

Questions
  • What was love to you when you were a child?
  • What is love to you today?
  • Did you lose something recently, how and why?

Poetry Form
A limerick is a poetry form in five lines with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, which is sometimes meant to be humorous.

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle

Friday, April 7, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Gratitude

Hello Poetteers,


Today's poetry challenge is the letter G. You can find the whole challenge in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Give

Questions
  1. How do you give yourself to the world? 
  2. How are you given your friends?
  3. What do your friends give you?
  4. How do you show gratitude? 
Poetry Form

Gogyohka was a form developed by Enta Kusakabe in Japan and translates literally to “five-line poem.” An off-shoot of the tanka form, the gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line. (source).

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Example

I show my heart
to the world
showing gratitude
friends see me
everything in my heart. 

Stay inspired,
Fida

Find the whole challenge in the April Poetry Bundle

Monday, April 3, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Burning Fiercely

Hello Poetteers,


Welcome to the first day of the A to Z Poetry challenge. I won't be blogging every day. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle. Today's challenge is the letter A.

Word Prompt
Ablaze

Questions
  1. What sparked a fire in you?
  2. How are you fierce?
  3. What strong emotions are you feeling?
  4. What bright colors describe those emotions?
Poetry Form
Acrostic

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. This is all optional. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Example

Burning Fiercely 

I'm always asked about my faith and culture
of why I fast and wear the headscarf
blue with frustration and red with anger 
instead of letting them burn me down with exhaustion 
I turned to writing, expressing my faith
purple with devotion
yet wondering if it's enough
I hear about my work and know
it's educating and inspiring other people.

Stay inspired, 
Fida

For the A to Z Poetry Challenge, get the April Poetry Bundle

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reveal of April Poetry Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

As you know the A to Z blog challenge is coming up. April is also national poetry month. Of course, I found a way to combine the two events. Three years ago I wrote original poetry. This year I will be writing poetry prompts. Along with this, I'll be participating in the 100-day project. My project will be sketching my poetry. Follow along in #100daysofsketchedpoems.
List of word prompts. For in-depth prompts, check out the April Poetry Bundle

I won't be blogging every day like the challenge calls for. I will be keeping to my regular schedule of blogging once a week. That won't take away from the content or value of the challenge. You will be able to find all the poetry prompts in the April Poetry Bundle.


Talking about the April prompts, this time last year I started #dailypoetrygram. I'm changing it up. I asked you if you wanted daily or weekly prompts and the chosen one was weekly prompts. Stay tuned next month for the change.

Thank you,
Fida 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poetry Collab: Bread

Hello Poetteers,

After a #PoetteerChat about food and poetry, I had the pleasure to collaborate on a poem with Charlotte Hamrick.

The Well Worked Globe

Bread is a part of every meal
and Monday mornings
were for bread-making.

My five-year-old self
would sit at the big, worn
kitchen table and watch
Grandma's hands
as they expertly kneaded
and rolled the dough, grabbing
the edge, folding it to the center,
then pushing it down
with the heels of her palms,
gradually turning the pale round
disc until all edges met
in the middle, over and over,
her fingers flexing, arms relentlessly
churning like waves on a shore.

I'd watch as she chatted
and sometimes sang,
a merry-go-round of domesticity,
a goddess of the kitchen,
until time to rest the well-worked
globe in a bowl in the corner.

Later, the whole house
was filled with the smell of freshly baked bread
we sat around the dining room table
I tore off a piece of pita to dip in hummus
as we waited for the main course
on the flip-side
I tore off a piece of flatbread
to scoop up some curry

Bread owns no culture,
yet belongs to every culture.
A staple of life,
bread is universal.

by Fida & Charlotte

Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How To Come Up With Prompts

Hello Poetteers,

This blog is for me but it is also for you. Usually, I am the one to give you word and poetry prompts. Sometimes the prompts aren’t up your alley or you want your own set of words instead of a general set of word prompts. I am open to receiving suggestions. You always create your own set of word prompts. There are several ways to get started and places to pull words from.
  1. Open a thesaurus or dictionary and look for works that stand out.
  2. Narrow in on an event and pick words that come from it.
    • Example: After the inauguration and women’s march all these words popped up in my mind. That’s how I came up with the March poetry prompts
  3. Pick a theme and the words that go with it. 
Most poetry prompts last for a month. Sometimes that can be too much. You could do one that goes one prompt per week or 7 prompts in one week and gauges if that week is one of writing or not. Another option is to simply cut it in half and have 15 prompts for the whole month. Like I always say, the prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

Stay inspired,
Fida

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Response Poetry

Hello Poetteers,


As I read poetry, I like to note when I’m inspired. if it’s an ebook I use the notes feature to add notes and it can be as long as you want it to be. With a physical book, you are limited with the margins, so I have a notebook with me. My notes include how the poem made me feel, the thoughts or memories the poem brought me.

The inspiration unfolds in different ways. Once I read the poem I may write my own version of that poem or write like I’m talking to the author. I would add a continuation to the piece. The continuation could be similar thoughts or thoughts opposite of it. I will share my experience of what the author talked about in the poem.

Have you written a response poem?

stay inspired,
Fida

DOWNLOADABLE EDITION
Purchase a downloadable version of the Response Poetry Guide so you can reference it whenever needed. Click Here For More Info. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Annual Look At My Bucket List

Hello Poetteers,

I've written and published poetry collections. I've written a novel in verse before. My next step is to write one that is publishable.

On my blog, I've shared my poetry bucket list. Initially, I was able to cross two things off my list:
  1. Publish a poetry collection (I self-published two books, A TO Z POETRY and HER OLIVES)
  2. Lead a poetry workshop (I co-lead one at a camp)
A couple years later I was able to cross off half my list:
  1. I've done live performances at the camps I've been to. I'm also doing some recorded pieces on SoundCloud.
  2. I made my first poetry short film this week and will be sharing it in the coming days.
  3. If you have seen my tweets I am working on being a poetry editor.
Today I can cross two more things off my list:
  1. I've met several poets virtually
  2. I have an ebook poetry collection. 
That's 8 out 11 things. I say that's pretty awesome! I'm also working to cross of a 9th item: I'm slowly working my way to write a poem in every format.

The last two things still left untouched are making a spoken word album and doing my own poetry book signing. Today I want to add the 3 more items to my bucket list:
  1. Write a play in verse.
  2. Get published in hardcover
  3. Get translated into Arabic
I hope to change that by the end of this year. What do you have on your bookish bucket list? What have you crossed off? What should I add to mine?

Thank you,

Fida

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Eccolo Planner

Hello Poetteers,

As you know I enjoy journaling. Somewhat recently I realized I’ve stuck with the same style. That brand is Eccolo Ltd. After using their journals for a while I finally picked up one of their planners. In the past, I always picked planners with the horizontal format.


This planner had just that. I split each day in half between personal and work. I don’t have to worry about doing that again in this planner. On one page they have the whole week in the horizontal format. One the second page is a weekly to do’s list and notes section. I use the weekly checklist for my personal tasks. It’s helpful to see everything in one spread. I don’t have to transfer unfinished tasks day by day. I can check it off as I get it done. The work is more deadline centered, unlike my personal to-dos. If the personal or work task is important I have the notes section to add information.


The lines and spacing are big. You get a mini month at a glance of the current and next month. I do notice a light ghosting. I use the Pilot G-2 pen. The ghosting doesn’t bother me. The planner comes with an attached ribbon bookmark. You get several note-pages at the end of the planner. In the beginning of the planner, you get a two-page month at a glance of all the months. You have plenty of space to write along with a column for notes.


The pages feel thin but think enough to not easily rip. The whole planner is thin. The size is 8 x 10”. I don’t like chunky planners. I also don’t like coiled planners. They do have coiled planners but this one isn’t. It’s a soft cover. I like the faux gold in the end pages and the gold foil on the cover. It’s not too much, just enough for the title. This is really simple and I like it.

Thank you, Fida

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Poetry Prompts: Activism

Hello Poetteers,


I'm bringing in the new month with a new set of poetry prompts! These prompts are different. You got a taste of it in past prompts about culture and faith. The others have been fun, random and lighthearted. These are a bit more important, serious and mature. For in-depth questions to help with these word prompts you can purchase the poetry bundle.


I'll be participating along side you. The prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity. You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference. Be sure to tag your poems on Instagram with #dailypoetrygram so we can all see it.Tag me (@poetfida) so I can leave some love.

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Storytime: Poetry Submission

Hello Poetteers,

In the beginning of my poetry career, I had done a few poetry submissions. After doing those few submissions I saw their appreciation for my work and stuck with their magazines. I eventually stopped doing new submissions. Even after the old ones, I stuck to closed their doors. At the end of 2016, I picked up the poetry submissions again.

All the poetry submissions were to literary journals. I never submitted to small presses. For a while, I didn't find ones that seemed trusting. Once I found a small press it makes me feel better to recognize an author they have published. I may start sending to presses. It's best to find them through Poets Market, P&W, etc.

I’ve heard bad stories about poetry submissions. It never happened to me but then one caught up to me. I found a new literary journal and it was the first one I saw with the theme that it had. It's hard to find literary journals with that theme. I'm not mentioning which journal and theme for the sake of their privacy.

I revised a poem of mine and submitted to them. After emailing me saying my poem has been accepted they promised to send me a link when it will be live. Weeks have gone by and I never got the link. I had to go on their website to search for my poem. After finding it they had a different author listed for the poem. I reached out to them to bring up the misprint to their attention. I heard back quickly and was told she would forward my concern to the main editor. I never heard back. Again I had to search for it myself. They did fix it. And I didn't reach out to thank them because I didn't think they should get one for never having gotten back to me.

What do you think of the situation? 

Stay inspired, 

Fida 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Imperfect Boss Reflection

Hello Poetteers,


I'm grateful for this campaign. When I heard of it before I thought it was great but I thought I had nothing to say. Seeing other posts I realized I have things to confess but I'm scared of saying them. I missed the opportunity. As I shared more original poetry I felt stuck. I couldn't move forward unless I shared behind the scenes and truths. I started the series, Poet Confessions (blog and IG). After starting that I felt better. I could finally move forward.


This time when The Imperfect Boss campaign presented itself I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. I felt less alone. I saw myself in many of the fears other people expressed. I came up with more confessions than I shared. More came up as I shared the few you saw. I worried about sharing mine. I worried I would ramble. Maybe I did. I worried if I made sense. After this, I feel understood. Another layer of me was peeled back and seen. I love to reflect on the opportunities I take.


I learned about myself. Some fears are interconnected. As I wrote those newfound confessions and looked back at the questions that were there to help guide us to come up with confessions, I came up with an action plan for myself.


I'm excited about the future! Stay inspired, 
Fida 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Repetitive Poetry Titles

Hello Poetteers,

The title is almost as important as the poem itself. Not all my poems include the title within the poem. And that's okay. I believe that most of the time the title of the poem should be within the poem. Together, it connects the two. It gives the reader an AHA moment. It shouldn't be put in there just for the fun of it. It has to add something to the poem. The title has to relate to or deepen the poem in some way or it will just seem repetitive.

Speaking of repetitive, some of our original poems have the same title. If it's my own poems it's frustrating if they share the same title because then I don't know which one is which poem. If your poem does have the same title as someone else's poem there's nothing wrong with that. As you initially write the poem it's alright to leave it without a title or call it 'untitled' but do remember to add a title soon, so that you can distinguish between the poems. Also, you will know that the poem is completed.

"If someone's poem has the same title as mine, I can't really help it. There are only so many words to use. I wouldn't want to use a name of someone else's poem for my poem if I knew of it; I would think up my own instead." @FebruaryGrace.

Make your own titles with the poetry title guide

Stay inspired,

Fida

Comment: How do you feel about several of your own or someone else’s poems with the same title?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Poems: Za'atar and Zaytoon

Hello Poetteers,

As people read HER OLIVES I realized I should have added a glossary. Here are two new poems to help you better understand the other poems.

Olives in Arabic
is zaytoon

Olives are this dark green color
of brownish green
of nature and it's fruit
also used as an oil

Olives are bitter
but balances a meal

Olives are from the Mediterranean and
all the countries that border it
it's the skin tone of people from that area.

Olives are a symbol of peace.


Za'atar is thyme
a plant connected to the roots of Palestine
Za'atar is a mixture of herbs
to enjoy on bread
baked similarly to pizza
or dipped with olive oil
or a seasoning for hummus.

Love,
Fida 

I realized Her Olives should have a glossary, download it here

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Poets of Faith

Hello Poetteers, 

As a Muslim poet I love reading poems that show one’s faith in God whether they are a muslim or not. Even if not muslim you can feel their belief and strength for their faith. It is something you want and are reminded to keep in your heart.
  1. ibtasempoetry
  2. Rebeca of blendmylove
  3. Sa'diyya of sadiyyanesar 
  4. rosesoftheqalb
  5. keyballah
  6. seemeehearme 
  7. I have to mention myself: poetfida
Stay inspired,
Fida

Comment: Do you know of any poets of faith that I should know of?
Read More: Empowerment Poetry

Monday, February 13, 2017

Her Olives 3rd Anniversary

Hello Poetteers,

Today is the 3rd book anniversary of my poetry book, Her Olives! With that, I give you a new poem.

Traditional Dress

She is given a gift of a dress
and thought of it only as that
loving the design on the cloth
not knowing the depth of the embroidery 

but she walks in
tall and graceful
her dress flows
from her broad shoulders to her feet
in black cloth
the cloth of the chest and arms
embroidered with colored threads
called tatreez

she comes to find
each design hand stitched
the variation in tatreez
holds different symbols
there is also variations of the traditional dress
from different parts of Palestine

She barely scratched the surface
of knowing the stories behind the designs
all with stories and history
of Palestine.

stay inspired,
Fida

I realized Her Olives should have a glossary, you can find it here. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Changing A Poem

Hello Poetteers,

I always see my poems become something different from the original idea. Sometimes the first stanza stays or I remove it because my poem ends differently than how it started. That change in topic of a poem is what gets me in a groove to write more poems until I have finally gotten down the original idea and how I pictured it.

It's the best feeling when you get the original idea of a poem down in the first try. Sometimes it's not about a missed topic but about the wording. Some words don't give the meaning you want. Or they don't fit the rhythm, so you have to choose a new word or change/rearrange phrases/sentences. Do save the removed words and phrases for future works. 

It can be hard to think of the right words. You have to keep writing until you get where you want to be. Writing poetry is a peaceful act for me but it's a relief when I get exactly what I want down on the page.

My theme is faith and culture. It's carried through all my poetry.
I'm talking about writing about specific situations
for individual poems. | Instagram 

Stay inspired,
Fida

Comment: Does that happen to you?
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Curse in Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

I don’t curse in my own poems and don't like reading it in other poems. In other poems, I may give an exception.

Curses in poetry take away from the poem. I skip over it. They feel like something extra. It's unnecessary. I don't like it but there are exceptions to that. If there is a reason for it and I can't see the poem without it then the cursing is okay.

It sometimes works in spoken word. Curses have to be used sparsely. More than three is too much. Curses may give raw emotion or add emphasis the poem needs to show emotion. There are pieces where cursing fit the author's voice.

Comment: What do you think about cursing in poetry?

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Stay inspired,
Fida