Monday, 5 April 2010

Personification

I've just read Derrick's Monday poem here, where he is following a prompt to give his poetry a name, a gender and a personality. I hope both he and the originators of this intriguing concept, will forgive my horning in on the act as I struggle to give an identity to my Blogland Poetic Personae. Note I did not say Persona - on purpose. Derrick was happy to become George, his alter ego for the day, but when I began endeavouring to carve a name for myself, I found I couldn't fit into one skin, as I've never discovered who I really am. Therefore I decided I am The Terrible Twins, the embodiment of a split personality perhaps... I wonder, Who are You, or rather , Who is your Writing Self?

Duality

I'm the Terrible Twins;
one of us makes you cringe
with verse and worse,
though often terse.
Our laughter
follows after.

I'm the Terrible Twins;
one of us, when in serious vein
causes you to read again.
Our simple words
plead to be heard
and pondered upon...

23 comments:

  1. Good afternoon Jinksy,

    Many thanks for the mention! I don't think your twins are terrible at all. They complement each other very well and we need them both.

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  2. jinksy in my solipsistic mind, when i read a talented, interesting, insightful, thoughtful, clever writer i become them. after all it's my voice i hear in my head as i am reading their words!!!! have a lovely easter monday. steven

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  3. I like your take on twins. :)

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  4. I go back and forth between snarky humor and serious pain in my writing. The two are coming to a meeting and soon my writing will probably make sense and then I won't have fun writing anymore!

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  5. http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/easter-sunday-awards-to-fill-your-basket/

    Happy Belated Easter!
    I hopped here from Mama Zen!

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  6. Awhile back my writing self was Billy Ray Barnwell.

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  7. No problem for me. I acquired an alter ego - personae if you will several years ago. Her name is Ruthanna, she is named after the invisible friend of my childhood...
    Cheers Shirley

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  8. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if there was a triplet lurking in the shadows, waiting to appear one day. And she'd be cool, too!

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  9. I don't know how to be anyone but who I am, too bad really as I think it would be fun to create a character and kind of hide behind it......just thinking of all the things I could say and do seems exciting.......only I wouldn't really know where to start. I loved the poem describing the "twins" what fun my dear friend........:-) Hugs

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  10. Bernie, if you’re thinking of the things you could say and do – that’s the place to start. Let your imagination go free, and simply write down whatever it presents to you – and I used the word ‘presents’ intentionally, for imagination can be a gift... Use the excitement you sense to get you started. I promise I won’t be a harsh critic when you show me your first hovering steps to finding that other you.

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  11. See, I told you! Chuckling all the way to profundity.

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  12. I was blog-surfing when I found your delightful verse. I do believe there are legions hidden in many of us. And Steven has a point. When we read, we hear our voice in our head.

    Though I've been writing short stories and novels with a favorite character for so long, I can sometimes hear him comment in his own Texas drawl at some incident in my life or thought.

    If you have the mind, come check out my blog : WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS : http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/

    Have a fantastic week, Roland

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  13. Thanks for droping by my blog. Sorry about hitting you over the head, as it were, with chapter ten. Two posts down was the first page to my novel for my entry in the FIRST PAGE BLOGFEST. We bloggers sometimes forget that the first impression visitors receive is our latest post, not all the others that went on before.

    You were a gracious lady about my stumble. Thank you, Roland

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  14. It's funny, Jinksy. You're read enough of me to know I have multiple personalities. Suldog for the snark, the smut, and the humor. Jim for more heartfelt things - maybe. Jimi LaRue for punkish and musical endeavours. Poochie for... whatever the heck you call what I've been doing the past couple of days.

    I think I need a shrink.

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  15. Why terrible I wonder? Unless all of modern poetry is terrible (Whitman's "I contain multitudes"). Your poem put me in mind of Tennyson's poems about duality.

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  16. I think you are only terrible in the very nicest sense Jinksy - I imagine one of you to be full of mischief and the other to be a calming influence. A good combination methinks.

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  17. That put me in mind of David! Fun stuff Jinksey girl!
    Sandi

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  18. Interesting. I have a twin sister. I've noticed that people often either assume twins are polar opposites or exactly the same.

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  19. I'm an eclectic questor
    Jumping from one horizon to another
    In search of the elusive and true.

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  20. and both of them lovable!
    tell me, how does the family cope with two of you?

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  21. I loved this one. I have read quite a few of your poems and I really enjoyed myself!
    I'm going to have to think about who my writing self is.....

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