As a writer I’ve found that sometimes my interests inspire my poems and sometimes my poems inspire my interests.
One example of the former is that I have always had an interest in pirates and pirate history both real and fictional (long before and since Disney’s films!). As a result I have written a number of pirate themed poems. All, of course, with my own humorous twist! A few can be seen on my web site, http://www.broadsidebill.weebly.com, along with some kids performing them on video. Several have also been published in my most recent book, The Other Side of Normal as well. Also since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed monsters especially the classic ones. Many poems appear in each of my 4 books.
An example of the latter is Greek mythology and history. Last school year I introduced my class, via new district curriculum, to the topic. I thought it would be beyond them and I wasn’t too enthused expecting a sure flop. Boy was I mistaken! They ate it up and kept wanting more, more, more! The class even did a poetry presentation for parents and the other second grade classes.(See photo above.) I wrote a few poems and did a lot of research on my own and have myself become infatuated. It fueled my interest to learn more and write more. Since then I have written a wide range of poems based on ancient Greece both true historical/educational and mythological. I am hoping by the end of the summer my web page, http://www.wschoffpoetry.weebly.com, will have some of these poems.
So there you have it! A few posts based on my inspirations. Please ask questions, comment, whatever. I would love to share ideas and experiences with these topics.