Hello campbellsworld visitors.
We close our Author’s Corner this evening with a special post from, author Abbie Johnson Taylor.
She did this lovely post in answer to a request I made of her concerning poetry and what it means to her.
We’re just almost through Poetry Month and I wanted to make certain this made it into the Author’s Corner before it ends.
Watch for just a few more poetry pieces coming soon in honor of Poetry Month.
In the meantime enjoy this fantastic post.
Be sure to keep reading once the piece ends to learn all about Abbie and her work.
TAKING PICTURES WITH POETRY
By Abbie Johnson Taylor
Writing a poem is like taking a photo. This is something I wanted to do when I was a kid, but my parents were concerned that I wouldn’t be successful because of my visual limitation. They were probably right, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to be creative.
With poetry, I don’t have to squint through a view-finder to get the perfect shot or worry about exposing the film if I take it out of the camera the wrong way. Instead, I can use words to take pictures.
Poetry offers me a glimpse into what the poet is thinking. I can observe life experiences through the eyes of the poet, and I can be angered, saddened, or made to laugh.
I, in turn, share slices of my life with others through poetry. In My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, I mix poetry and prose. The poem at the end of each chapter emphasizes the feelings I express: the terror when I found my late husband Bill on the floor, the shock when we learned he’d suffered a stroke that paralyzed his left side, the stress of being his caregiver, and the sadness we both felt upon realizing Bill would never walk again. I also use poetry to express positive emotions: the contentment I felt after waking in the morning and snuggling with Bill, the happiness Bill experienced when he was stretched out in his recliner.
Unlike photography, which portrays still-life, with poetry, I can capture action. Take, for example, a flock of ducks on the sidewalk, flying away when I approach them, or the dog on the other side of the fence, barking and trying to jump over it, so he can chase my white cane as I walk by.
I don’t need good eyesight to take pictures. With poetry, I can use the right words in the right sequence to capture the perfect image and emotion with a computer or tablet instead of a camera.
MORE ON ABBIE JOHNSON TAYLOR…
Announcing a new nonfiction book:
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds (Copyright July 2016 / 275 pages in the print edition)
by Abbie Johnson Taylor
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson, visually impaired, married Bill Taylor, 19 years her senior and blind. Three months later, he suffered the first of two strokes that confined him to a wheelchair. Using prose and poetry, the author tells the story of how she met, married, and then cared for Bill for six years, detailing both happy and sad times. My Ideal Partner is for sale in e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) from Amazon, CreateSpace, and Smashwords. More details and buying links are on the author’s website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/
Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she writes full time. She is the author of three other published books: a romance novel and two volumes of poetry.
My Ideal Partner was edited and produced by David and Leonore Dvorkin, of Denver, Colorado. For details of their services, please see http://www.dvorkin.com/epubhelp/