Archive for April, 2012

30 Days of The 5-2 Blog Tour

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 by C. J. Edwards

April is National Poetry Month, and over at The 5-2:Crime Poetry Weekly, the 30 Days of The 5-2 Blog Tour has begun. If you aren’t familiar with the 5-2, an online press that publishes crime poetry, head on over and take a look, you won’t be disappointed. If you are a fan of crime fiction you may find some names you recognize, and if you like hard hitting poetry the 5-2 is worth a visit.

The 30 day blog tour will consist of various fiction and review bloggers such as Patricia Abbot, John Kenyon, R Thomas Brown, and Elizabeth White among many others choosing a poem from The 5-2 and writing a blog post about why that particular poem speaks to them.

About two weeks ago I was contacted by Elizabeth White who had chosen my poem Nothing To See Here. It will appear on her blog on April 24, and I am thrilled that she felt it was worth writing about. While I will not presume to say whether poem is good or not, I will say that it is very personal to me and was a challenge to write.

My experience with poetry has until recently been limited. To be honest for the longest time I hated poetry. Yes I said it. The reason for this was mainly a negative experience that occurred in high school. During my sophomore year we were studying poetry, not the favorite thing for sixteen year old boys to study but like those that came before me I girded up my loins and plunged ahead. Yes, I just used the word loins. I forget what poem caused the ruckus, but I remember it had something to do with a butterfly. During class we began to discuss the significance of said butterfly. Each of us had a different take on what it represented and finally came to a consensus as to the meaning. After we were finished, feeling very proud of ourselves, the teacher proceeded to tell us in condescending tones how wrong we were. When we, as plucky teenage boys and girls are won’t to do, argued our point using examples and text from the poem we were slapped down and told how it really was. The teacher blatantly refused to see things from our point of view, and the words “you are wrong” were repeated over and over again. From that point on I was through with the whole business of reading and writing poetry.

Fast forward to 2009, and I found myself as a returning adult college student at The University of Indianapolis eagerly attending a creative writing class. I had decided that my dream of becoming a writer wasn’t going to happen unless I did something about it. I was very excited, but there was a small catch. As part of the Intro to Creative Writing course I would have to try my hand at writing POETRY. Shit! I had stopped reading poetry twenty years prior and had no idea how to write it. So once again I girded up the aforementioned loins and waded in.

I was very proud of the first poem I wrote and turned in. On the day it was handed back I quickly scanned the professor’s comments and zeroed in on the words “Too Poetic.” What the hell was that supposed to mean? It was a poem, it’s supposed to be poetic, damn it! Later in the semester I met with my professor and demanded, okay okay, politely asked for an explanation. It was then that I heard what would send me down the road to actually enjoying the process of writing poetry almost as much as creating fiction. “Poetry can tell a story just like fiction can.” It was right then that things changed and since then I have gone on to discover how fun creating a poem can be. It became like a word puzzle game with endless possibilities, but only one perfect solution.

So on April 24, come on over to Elizabeth’s blog and check out my poem. Better yet, click over to The 5-2 and entertain yourself with some great word smiths. Finally, in honor of National Poetry Month, take a seat with pen and paper and scratch out a little poetry.


30 Days of The 5-2 Blog Tour

Elizabeth White’s blog