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How to write a love poem

Published: February 4, 2014, 3:01 pm, by Jen Mulson

love poemI thought a story on how to write a love poem would be fun. Especially if I interviewed local poets, and asked for their words of wisdom.

And guess what? It is totally fun! The final product runs Monday, Feb. 10, giving you PLENTY of time to write your own love poem for Valentine’s Day next Friday.

I’ve talked to Price Strobridge, the current Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. He invited me to his cute house with his beautiful wife and sweetheart of a dog. I could have just moved right on in. He shared the love poem, “Prothalamion,” which he wrote for his wife when he was courting her. You can tell she still very much loves it.

I’ve also talked to Aaron Anstett, who was the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. He doesn’t believe in channeling the muse. He believes in channeling a work ethic, and planting your behind in a seat and putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

Julie Shavin is the vice president and workshop coordinator of local group Poetry West. She shared a handy dandy website I’ll be visiting in the near (like this afternoon) future: rhymezone.com.

Have you ever attempted to write a love poem for your beloved? I have. They’re challenging, but I wound up feeling proud of a few of them. The goal in my mind was to avoid being trite. One ex-boyfriend turned one of my poems (“Intoxicating Words”) for him into a song to play in his heavy metal band, and it’s now on their CD. Sweet! I’m officially a songwriter.

Tell me how your poem writing attempts have gone, or tell me your favorite love poem: jen.mulson@gazette.com.